Kyrie Irving Named MVP of NBA All-Star Game
New Orleans —The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving was named MVP of Sunday’s annual NBA All-Star game.
He led the East to its 163-155 win against the West; he had a total of 31 points and 14 assists. It was Irving’s second time playing in the mid-season classic.
The West led the East nearly the entire game. At the half, the West was ahead, 89-76. At the end of the third quarter, they were leading again, 126-123.
The East All-Stars took the early lead in the game, but it appeared the West was winning the dunk contest. Monstrous dunks and alley-oops seemed to dominate the first half of action.
The West set a new NBA All-Star halftime scoring record with 89 points, breaking the West’s 88 points in the first half in 2012.
Kevin Durant had a game-high 22 points at the midway point of the game, the All-Star game record for most points in a half is 24 by Glen Rice in 1997.
Through the first three quarters of play the Cavs guard scored 16 points, had 10 assists and 4 rebounds through 21 minutes of play. By the end of the game, Irving had scored 31.
Irving will return home on Monday to join his teammates who begin the second half of the season in Philadelphia on Tuesday night when the team faces the 76’ers.
Cleveland finished the first half of the season on a four-game winning streak.
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