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Westbrook leads West to All-Star win

Thunder guard takes Kia All-Star MVP honors in 64th NBA All-Star Game

POSTED: Feb 16, 2015 2:33 AM ET


2015 All-Star Game

Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, earning MVP honors and leading the West over the East in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

Final Score: West 163, East 158
Kia NBA All-Star MVP: Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
Participants: All-Star Roster

NEW YORK — Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook only knows one speed, and that's all out.

That goes for practice, pick up games, workouts, regular season and playoff games and apparently All-Star Games, too.

Westbrook scored an All-Star Game record 27 first-half points and then sealed the deal for the Western Conference side in a 163-158 victory in the 64th All-Star Game Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

The rest of the league should consider a storm warning for what's to come in the second half of the season from Westbrook and the Thunder, who have a nasty fight ahead of them to earn a playoff spot.

Westbrook finished with a game-high 41 points on 16-for-28 shooting from the floor and 5-for-9 from beyond the 3-point line, giving chase to Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star Game record of 42 points. He scored 8 points in the fourth quarter to help the West All-Stars squeeze out the win and even sparked a smattering of MVP chants as he sank to two free throws in the final seconds.

"It's amazing a blessing to be here in NYC," Westbrook said. "I'm definitely excited to go home and take this trophy with me."

Westbrook had to do his work in a reserve role. His former Thunder teammate, Houston Rockets guard and the league's leading scorer James Harden (29 points) and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (15 points) held down the starting backcourt spots.

He stood out among the very best the league has to offer. Not even LeBron James (an East-leading 30 points) could keep him from the trophy Sunday night.

Westbrook and Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant, who scored just 3 points and played just 10 minutes, should have plenty left in the tank for what should be a furious second-half of the season rally.

The Thunder are in their current playoff predicament (they trail the Phoenix Suns by half a game for the 8th and final playoff spot) because of injuries, and time missed by both Westbrook and Durant. But they both showed up here with chips on their respective shoulders, Westbrook's is always in place, while Durant seems to have added one to his repertoire only recently.

Westbrook was all smiles after Sunday's game. But you can bet he'll have his scowl back on by Thursday night, when games resume around the league after the extended All-Star Break.

He wouldn't have it any other way, would he?

-- Sekou Smith

Official Releases:
All-Star Starters | All-Star Reserves
Cousins replaces injured Bryant on West team
Lillard replaces injured Griffin on West
Nowitzki replaces injured Davis on West
Harden & Thompson named West starters

NBA All-Star Game Results

Click on the All-Star game results for complete All-Star rosters, coaches, game recaps and event winners for every year.

Year Result MVP Location
2016 West 196, East 173 Russell Westbrook Toronto, Ont.
2015 West 163, East 158 Russell Westbrook New York, N.Y.
2014 East 163, West 155 Kyrie Irving New Orleans, La.
2013 West 143, East 138 Chris Paul Houston, Texas
2012 West 152, East 149 Kevin Durant Orlando, Fla.
2011 West 148, East 143 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles, Calif.
2010 East 141, West 139 Dwyane Wade Arlington, Texas
2009 West 146, East 119 Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix, Ariz.
2008 East 134, West 128 LeBron James New Orleans, La.
2007 West 153, East 132 Kobe Bryant Las Vegas, Nev.
2006 East 122, West 120 LeBron James Houston, Texas
2005 East 125, West 115 Allen Iverson Denver, Colo.
2004 West 136, East 132 Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles, Calif.
2003 West 155, East 145 (2OT) Kevin Garnett Atlanta, Ga.
2002 West 135, East 120 Kobe Bryant Philadelphia, Pa.
2001 East 111, West 110 Allen Iverson Washington, D.C.
2000 West 137, East 126 Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal Oakland, Calif.
1998 East 135, West 114 Michael Jordan New York, N.Y.
1997 East 132, West 120 Glen Rice Cleveland, Ohio
1996 East 129, West 118 Michael Jordan San Antonio, Texas
1995 West 139, East 112 Mitch Richmond Phoenix, Ariz.
1994 East 127, West 118 Scottie Pippen Minneapolis, Minn.
1993 West 135, East 132 (OT) Karl Malone, John Stockton Salt Lake City, Utah
1992 West 153, East 113 Magic Johnson Orlando, Fla.
1991 East 116, West 114 Charles Barkley Charlotte, N.C.
1990 East 130, West 113 Magic Johnson Miami, Fla.
1989 West 143, East 134 Karl Malone Houston, Texas
1988 East 138, West 133 Michael Jordan Chicago, Ill.
1987 West 154, East 149 (OT) Tom Chambers Seattle, Wash.
1986 East 139, West 132 Isiah Thomas Dallas, Texas
1985 West 140, East 129 Ralph Sampson Indianapolis, Ind.
1984 East 154, West 145 (OT) Isiah Thomas Denver, Colo.
1983 East 132, West 123 Julius Erving Inglewood, Calif.
1982 East 120, West 118 Larry Bird East Rutherford, N.J.
1981 East 123, West 120 Tiny Archibald Richfield, Ohio
1980 East 144, West 136 (OT) George Gervin Landover, Md.
1979 West 134, East 129 David Thompson Detroit, Mich.
1978 East 133, West 125 Randy Smith Atlanta, Ga.
1977 West 125, East 124 Julius Erving Milwaukee, Wisc.
1976 East 123, West 109 Dave Bing Philadelphia, Pa.
1975 East 108, West 102 Walt Frazier Phoenix, Ariz.
1974 West 134, East 123 Bob Lanier San Antonio, Texas
1973 East 104, West 84 Dave Cowens Chicago, Ill.
1972 West 112, East 110 Jerry West Inglewood, Calif.
1971 West 108, East 107 Lenny Wilkens San Diego, Calif.
1970 East 142, West 135 Willis Reed Philadelphia, Pa.
1969 East 123, West 112 Oscar Robertson Baltimore, Md.
1968 East 144, West 124 Hal Greer New York, N.Y.
1967 West 135, East 120 Rick Barry San Francisco, Calif.
1966 East 137, West 94 Adrian Smith Cincinnati, Ohio
1965 East 124, West 123 Jerry Lucas St. Louis, Mo.
1964 East 111, West 107 Oscar Robertson Boston, Mass.
1963 East 115, West 108 Bill Russell Los Angeles, Calif.
1962 West 150, East 130 Bob Pettit St. Louis, Mo.
1961 West 153, East 131 Oscar Robertson Syracuse, N.Y.
1960 East 125, West 115 Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia, Pa.
1959 West 124, East 108 Elgin Baylor, Bob Pettit Detroit, Mich.
1958 East 130, West 118 Bob Pettit St. Louis, Mo.
1957 East 109, West 97 Bob Cousy Boston, Mass.
1956 West 108, East 94 Bob Pettit Rochester, N.Y.
1955 East 100, West 91 Bill Sharman New York, N.Y.
1954 East 98, West 93 (OT) Bob Cousy New York, N.Y.
1953 West 79, East 75 George Mikan Ft. Wayne, Ind.
1952 East 108, West 91 Paul Arizin Boston, Mass.
1951 East 111, West 94 Ed Macauley Boston, Mass.
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