2014 All-Star Game Event Page
POSTED: Feb 17, 2014 1:25 AM ET
Kyrie Irving finished with 31 points and 14 assists to take home the Kia NBA All-Star Game MVP.
> Final: East 163, West 155
> Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) wins Kia NBA All-Star MVP
NEW ORLEANS -- In a city where overindulgence is virtually an art form, the NBA All-Star Game is the perfect canvas.
East vs. West All-Star Recap
From a thunderclap LeBron James reverse jam off an alley-oop feed to a Blake Griffin wind-up windmill slam that likely blew out candles in the French Quarter, it was the basketball version of a second line parade.
A night that began with Pharrell Williams, Sean Diddy Combs, Nelly, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg laying down beats ended with the East's Kyrie Irving putting the final beatdown on the West in a 163-155 victory that was the highest scoring All-Star Game in history.
Irving made 14 of 17 shots to score 31 points and also dealt 14 assists in becoming the youngest player ever to win the MVP just two seasons after he took the same honor in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.
"It was definitely special, just being out there with all these great athletes and playing in front of a great crowd in New Orleans," Irving said. "And then the game got competitive."
But not before it was as raucous and rowdy and wide open and free flowing and anything-goes crazy as Bourbon Street at the start of Mardi Gras season. Which it was.
TNT Free-D: Irving's Layup
It was everything that everyone has come to expect from the midseason jam session, as loud and unpredictable as you might have expected if the local legends Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain, Fats Domino and Al Hirt ever shared the same stage.
The purists got to complain on social media that defense was barely a faint suggestion, while the rest of the world that doesn't have a stick up the back of its shirt got to appreciate the world's greatest improvisational artists/athletes taking the game to new heights and moves that were more unpredictable than a drunk's late night wobbly stroll down Bourbon Street.
"I was just going out there trying to have fun with the game," said Durant, who launched a record-settling and mind-boggling 17 3-pointers. "We were up 18, but leads in this game, they come and go. We got 127 shots though, that's a first.
"But it was fun. It was fun. It was one of those games where you're always going to remember it."
It was the kind of over-the-top, what-can-happen display of wretched excess for which the Big Easy deservedly earned its reputation.
One minute there was Carmelo Anthony raining down one of his All-Star Game record setting eight buckets from behind the arc and the next there was Durant or Griffin doing something overpowering or overwhelming to ring up their matching pair of 38 special points.
"I didn't even know (about the record)," Anthony said. "One of the ball boys was telling me that. He tapped me on my shoulder and told me I tied the record and I was like, 'What record are you talking about?'
TNT Free-D: Blake's Big Dunk
"So it was a great feeling. Obviously my teammates knew that, they kept finding me. So all I had to do was space the court and make the shot. They made it easy for me."
Griffin set the record for most field goals made (19) in the game and most (nine) in a single quarter. Durant's 27 shots attempted tied the record.
It was James delivering a message on the opening possession that the East meant business by throwing down a no-nonsense dunk. It was Magic Johnson leading a Hall of Fame quartet that included Julius Erving, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler and the entire in-house crowd at the Smoothie King Center into an impromptu serenade of "Happy Birthday" to 80-year-old legend Bill Russell, who appeared genuinely touched.
It was a night when intense Eastern Conference rivals James and Joakim Noah could put aside their on-court history and blend their games seamlessly. It was a night when Chris Paul, last year's MVP, could celebrate his homecoming of sorts to his former team in New Orleans by dropping 13 assists on his West teammates to stretch out the early first half lead and set up the highlight reel videos with his passes that led to rim-rattling dunks.
The halftime show brought together Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Gary Clark, Jr., Janelle Monae, and Earth Wind and Fire in a paean to New Orleans and then the second half of the game brought out the competitor in all of the stars, especially Irving, who still five weeks shy of turning 22, took over down the stretch and also in East coach Frank Vogel, who suggested his players get back and match up on defense.
"Yeah, they all laughed at me," said Vogel, whose Pacers use their No. 1 ranked defense as their calling card during the season. "I did say it half with a smile and they all laughed at me. And I said, 'OK, I see what you're saying. So if you care about winning, you know, that's what you got to do. It's up to you guys.' "
And they did just that, the unexpected. Which is, after all, what everyone usually expects in New Orleans.
-- Fran Blinebury
> Curry starts in first All-Star Game; LeBron top vote-getter
Jan. 23: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will start in his first NBA All-Star Game, having secured the top spot among Western Conference backcourt players after the final returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint. Curry (1,047,281) is joined in the West backcourt by the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant (988,884), who was selected to play in his 16th All-Star Game, second all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19).
LeBron James of the Miami Heat was the leading overall vote-getter with 1,416,419 votes, followed closely by Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished with 1,396,294 votes.
> Dallas' Nowitzki, Miami's Bosh head list of All-Star reserves
Jan. 30: The Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh headline the list of 14 players that have been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today. Nowitzki earns his 12th selection, which ties him for sixth all-time with nine players, while Bosh secures his ninth trip to the All-Star Game in 11 NBA seasons.
East vs. West
Paul leads West to All-Star win
With 20 points, 15 assists and four steals, Chris Paul earned the Kia All-Star MVP Award as the West edged the East in a tight 2013 All-Star Game, 143-138 in Houston. It was the third consecutive win for the Western Conference and, not coincidentally, Kevin Durant became the first player in history to score 30 or more points in three straight All-Star Games.
Stars come through to finish 2012 All-Star Game with a bang
LeBron James and Kevin Durant engaged in an entertaining back-and-forth where the All-Star Game award exchanged hands roughly 50 times, give or take. Whenever Durant's grip seemed secure on the trophy, LeBron ripped it away. And vice versa. In the end, Durant's West team walked away on top with a thrilling 152-149 win.
2011 (Los Angeles)
Kobe wins MVP as West holds off East in All-Star Game
Nothing was going to stop Kobe Bryant from a victory in this All-Star game, not on his home floor. Shining brightest again among the stars, Bryant scored 37 points and tied a record with his fourth MVP award in the Western Conference's 148-143 victory over the East in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.
Wade takes MVP honors before largest basketball crowd in history
Everything's not just bigger in Texas -- it's gigantic, colossal, and don't forget -- humongous. The NBA All-Star Game came to the Lone Star State and a basketball nation broke out as a world-record crowd of 108,713 filled up the futuristic edifice that is Cowboys Stadium to see the East squeeze out a 141-139 win over the West.
Back together, Shaq and Kobe share MVP honors
Teammates for three championships with the Lakers at the beginning of the decade, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal teamed up once more to lead the Western Conference over the East 146-119. Bryant led all scorers with 27 points while Shaq added 17.
2008 (New Orleans)
LeBron's MVP performance leads East to win
LeBron James earned MVP honors and nearly missed a triple-double (27 points, eight rebounds, nine assists) as the Eastern Conference downed the West 134-128.
2007 (Las Vegas)
Kobe's 31 points gives West victory in Vegas
Kobe Bryant lit up the Las Vegas strip with 31 points to earn the MVP as the West romped past the East 153-132 at the first-ever All-Star game held outside an NBA city.
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