Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 31 points with 14 assists to lead the Eastern Conference All-Star team to a 163-155 win over the Western Conference in the 2014 NBA All Star game on Feb. 16 at the Super Dome in New Orleans, La.
Irving was named the All-Star MVP for his performance, becoming just the second Cleveland Cavalier player to win the honor behind former Cav LeBron James.
Most of Irving’s damage came during the fourth quarter when the East went on a scoring run to charge back after trailing by double digits earlier in the game.
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, appearing in his first All-Star game, also helped lead the Eastern Conference’s comeback in the second half.
Wall came off the bench to relieve Irving during parts of the game and played aggressive defense, strapping down the Western Conference’s backcourt whenever he took the court. Wall finished with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Most fans were expecting to see either LeBron or Washington, D.C. native Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) battle it out for the All-Star MVP award. Durant came closest of the two to taking the award, outscoring James with a team-high 38 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Western Conference. James finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
Other legitimate candidates for the All-Star MVP award included Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who tied Durant with a team-high 38 points for the West. New York Knicks forward and Baltimore high school legend Carmelo Anthony also had an outstanding game, setting a new record for the most three-pointers made in an NBA All-Star game with 8; Melo finished with 30 points for the East.