Deep in the bowels of Houston's Toyota Center, a half-hour after the Western Conference's 143-138 victory Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game, the Warriors' David Lee had an interview with TNT reporter David Aldridge.
"This is your first NBA All-Star experience," Aldridge started. "How was it?"
Lee fired back immediately.
"It's my second All-Star Game," Lee corrected, with a smile. "Come on, Dave."
And it was a memorable one.
Lee had six points, two rebounds and two steals as the Western Conference won its third straight All-Star Game.
Lee, the Warriors' power forward who is their first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997, played 13 minutes and capped a big All-Star weekend for Golden State - a weekend that included Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson playing in Friday's Rising Stars Game and Stephen Curry participating in Saturday's three-point contest.
"That's the mark that the franchise is improving, that we have a presence here at All-Star weekend," Lee said. "I'm happy to be here representing the Bay Area."
Chris Paul of the Clippers won the MVP award, collecting 20 points and 15 assists. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant added a game-high 30 points for the West.
The Clippers' Blake Griffin added 19 points, all but one coming on thunderous dunks.
New York's Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points, and the Heat's Dwyane Wade added 21.
The West took control with a 7-0 stretch to begin the game and built a 136-126 lead with 2:33 left.


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