(NEW ORLEANS) — Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and Carmelo Anthony hit an All-Star record eight 3-pointers to help the Eastern Conference beat the West 163-155 Sunday, ending a three-game losing streak.
Irving won the game’s MVP and scored 15 of his points in the fourth quarter helping the East erase an 18-point second half deficit.
“We wanted this win,” East forward LeBron James said. “They beat us the last three years and they had a lot of bragging rights, so to be able to come through being down 18 was huge.”
James had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the win.
Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin each scored 38 points for the West, both coming within four points of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record.
While Durant and Griffin didn’t break that record, it didn’t take away from this being a record game.
The combined score of 318 points is an All-Star game record. The Eastern Conference’s 163 points is also a record, besting the 155 points the West scored in a double overtime game in 2003.
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