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NBA All Star Game 2017 Results and Highlights: West Beats East, 192-182

The West has beaten the East for the third straight year, 192-182. The NBA All Star Game – nothing less than a showcase of the world’s best basketball players – saw quite a few records broken in New Orleans. We also saw a young new All Star MVP crowned in Anthony Davis.

The highlight reel is also nothing to shrug off: it felt like we were seeing jaw-dropping plays every 24 seconds. Here are few noteworthy plays from the game:

First Half Highlights

Anthony Davis drew first blood for the West with a jump shot in the first 13 seconds of the game, and was followed quickly by a Kawhi Leonard steal and dunk. An assist from Jimmy Butler then allowed Giannis Antetokounmpo to slam it home for the East, marking the first All Star points in the Greek Freak’s career. The first quarter was mostly a high-scoring back and forth affair.

The most exciting highlight of the quarter (and perhaps, of the whole NBA All Star Game)? What everyone was waiting for: a Durant-to-Westbrook alley-oop that had the whole West bench celebrating as if they’d already won. Despite all the supposed bad blood, the two former OKC teammates still managed to show off a little chemistry. Durant would later simply admit, “It was a good play.”

By the time the first dozen minutes of the NBA All Star Game were up, the East led 53-48. The 101 combined points set a new record for most combined points scored in a quarter.

The second quarter saw the West regain some ground. Anthony Davis started to get going with multiple dunks off various Western teammate passes and oops. All those jams would add up to his incredible 52-point performance. The Pelicans superstar breaks Wilt Chameberlain’s All Star single-game scoring record with this game – a treat for his hometown fans in New Orleans.

Though LeBron James showed up to do some LeBron things – including slam dunks of every angle imaginable – the West finished the half leading 97-92.

Second Half Highlights

The third quarter saw no more defense than the first two quarters. At one point, with Antetokounmpo rising for yet another dunk, Stephen Curry dropped to the floor and just lay there – a comical statement of refusing to be seen on a Giannis poster.

Several reserves would make an impression on the NBA All Star Game, too. Isaiah Thomas and Russell Westbrook traded three-point bombs. Gordon Hayward, making his first All Star appearance, got in a dunk in the third quarter, and Paul George got a couple of alley-oops as well.

But the West held a 144-139 lead at the end of the third, and they would largely hold on to that for the rest of the final frame.

The last quarter saw Anthony Davis cement his legacy in the All Star arena by scoring the last 20 of his 52. The final buzzer sounded with a 192-182 West victory over the East.

Davis hoisted the Finals MVP trophy above his head to the cheers of his home crowd.

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