Factors data fall as East tops West in historic NBA All-Star Sport

The NBA wished extra competitors. It bought extra factors as an alternative – greater than ever earlier than.

And as soon as once more, the All-Star Sport was all offense.

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The Japanese Convention beat the Western Convention 211-186 on Sunday evening, with the winners placing up probably the most factors within the sport’s 73-year historical past. The earlier mark: 196 by the West in 2016.

It was a flurry of data: The entire factors of 397 smashed the report of 374 set in 2017, whereas the East made 42 3-pointers to interrupt the mark of 35 set by Workforce LeBron in 2019. The edges mixed for 193 factors within the first half to interrupt the any-half report of 191 set final yr, and the East tied an any-half report by scoring 104 by intermission.

All-Star MVP Damian Lillard scored 39 factors for the East, whereas Jaylen Brown had 36 and Tyrese Haliburton from the hometown Indiana Pacers completed with 32.

Maybe unnoticed: Karl-Anthony Cities scored 50 factors for the West in simply 28 minutes. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 for the West.

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The highlights have been from all over the place. Lillard pulled up from halfcourt within the third quarter – swish. Luka Doncic tried a shot from about 70 toes late within the first half; it hit close to the highest of the backboard. Cities even threw an alley-oop to Stephen Curry; the Warriors star is far more of a shooter than a dunker, so he merely laid it in as an alternative.

Protection was non-obligatory, typically unintentional.

Haliburton had 5 3-pointers in a 1:32 span within the first quarter, serving to the East take a 53-47 lead after the opening 12 minutes.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and different league executives have been looking for a extra aggressive All-Star Sport after final season’s 184-175 matchup was extensively panned – and tv rankings plummeted.

Even Corridor of Famer Larry Hen, honored Sunday on the NBA Legends Brunch, stated hoped the message from the league resonated and gamers took the All-Star Sport a bit extra critically.

“I do know what this league’s all about and I am very happy with it,” Hen stated. “I am happy with immediately’s gamers. I like the sport they play. … I believe it is essential when you could have one of the best gamers on the planet collectively, you have to compete and you have to play arduous and you have to present the followers how good they are surely.”

It had a big-game, Finals-type ambiance – however clearly, nothing close to a playoff really feel. Donovan Mitchell threw a 50-foot inbounds go underhand, Bam Adebayo inbounded a ball off Nikola Jokic‘s bottom earlier than dribbling downcourt and making a 3, and Devin Booker went by way of pregame with a hat on backwards.

Up subsequent

The 74th NBA All-Star Sport is scheduled for Feb. 16, 2025, at Chase Heart in San Francisco, the house of the Golden State Warriors. It will be the primary time the NBA for the sport within the Bay Space since 2000.

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