HOUSTON —Kevin Durant scored 30 points, MVP Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists, and the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game.
Blake Griffin finished with 19 points and Kobe Bryant blocked LeBron James twice in the final minutes, joining Paul to turn the West’s victory into something of an L.A. story.
James scored 19 points but shot only 7 of 18 after having no shooting troubles during the latter part of the season’s first half. Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
It was the West’s third consecutive victory in the All-Star Game.
Paul George, of the Pacers, added17 points for the East. Kyrie Irving, a guard for the Cavaliers, had 15 and Luol Deng, of the Bulls, scored 10.
James Harden, of the Rockets, added 15 points for the West. Russell Westbrook, of the Thunder, had 14 and Tony Parker, of the Spurs, chipped in with 13.
Before the game, past and present NBA stars and WNBA players joined a dozen Special Olympics athletes in a charity game.
Former Atlanta Hawks star Dikembe Mutombo was among the participants.