West Team’s Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, dunks the ball during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 41 points to lead the Western Conference to a 163-158 win over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The West led most of the game and maintained a double-digit lead throughout nearly the entire first half. The East fell behind by 20 points at one point during the second quarter, courtesy of a hot shooting spree by Westbrook of the West. The explosive guard came off the bench to score 27 points in the first half alone.
East Team’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, dunks the ball during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
But the East eventually picked up its effort on defense and cut their rivals’ lead to just one point at the halftime break. It was a close game from there on with the lead exchanging from East to West, but the West was able to make more shots down the stretch to win the game.
Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver displayed his sharp-shooting skills, making 7-of-12 three-point attempts for the East. He finished with 21 points, the second-highest score for the East behind LeBron James’ 30 points. Washington Wizards guard John Wall added 19 points with seven assists and two steals for the Eastern Conference. Houston Rockets guard James Harden had a strong performance for the West, scoring 29 points with eight rebounds and eight assists. Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Golden State guard Steph Curry scored 18 points and 15 points, respectively.
West Team’s Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, holds the MVP trophy after the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. The West Team won 163-158. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Westbrook was named All-Star MVP; he made 16-of-28 shot attempts to earn his 41 points.