Lebron James’ near triple-double stat powered the Eastern Conference All-Stars to a 134-128 victory over the Western Conference All-Stars. James posted 27 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in 30 minutes of action. He also had 2 steals and 2 blocks. Lebron James was awarded the All-Star MVP trophy for the second time in three years. He was the All-Star MVP in 2006.
Kobe Bryant started in the game but played for only three minutes to rest his injured finger. The Eastern All-Stars took advantage of Kobe’s absence and avenged their embarrassing 153-132 loss last year in Las Vegas.
Ray Allen hit five 3-pointers and led the game with 28 points. Dwight Howard, who was perfect from the field (7-7), had 16 points. Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh had 14 points apiece for the Eastern team. Amid trade rumors, Jason Kidd started in the game and finished with only two points but had 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
The offense of the Western Conference was evenly distributed. Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Roy and Amare Stoudamire each had 18 points. Home-town favorite Chris Paul finished with 16 points and 14 assists. Carlos Boozer added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Western team.