Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had one goal in mind in his first NBA All-Star start on Sunday night in Smoothie King Center. "Sunday is the time to put on a show,'' he said before the game. He did that with his usual assortment of dizzying drives to the hole, some timely jumpers and key rebounds and assists, earning the MVP award, as the East rallied for a 163-155 victory over the West. The 163 points shattered the previous All-Star record of 155. "It was definitely special,'' said Irving, who finished with 31 points, a game-high 14 assists and five rebounds. "It's a great accomplishment, especially bringing this back to Cleveland. That's the most important thing.'' Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin each scored 28 points for the West. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and had an All-Star record eight 3-pointers for the East. For the starting point guard, the toughest part is deciding exactly which superstar to feed where. Miami's LeBron James under the basket? New York's Anthony out on the wing? There is not a bad option. In fact, a point guard is pretty much expendable playing with four guys capable of running the offense themselves. For his first assist, Irving opted for Anthony, who responded with a 3-pointer. Then he turned to Miami's Dwyane Wade, who hit a jumper 20 seconds later. On the East's next possession, he took the ball from Wade and went in for a layup. So in the first two minutes of his first All-Star start, Irving had a fairly efficient performance: two points, two rebounds and two assists. After eight minutes, he had four assists and three rebounds before being replaced by Miami's Chris Bosh. With Irving watching from the bench, Griffin, the human pogo stick, slammed through an assortment of nine lobs for 18 points in the first quarter as the West pulled out to a 44-42 lead. Anthony had 15 points and James 10 for the East. Chris Paul -- or was it Cliff? -- had five assists in 6:30, four of them to Griffin.
Kyrie Irving scores 31 points to win MVP and lead East to 163-155 victory in NBA All-Star Game
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Feb 17