Westbrook Led West beat East in 2015 NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK — Mixing Broadway and basketball, this NBA All-Star Game was a West Side Story.
Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the All-Star record, and the Western Conference beat the East 163-158 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring All-Star Game ever.
The Oklahoma City speedster had a record 27 points by halftime and closed out the scoring with two free throws, falling one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain‘s 42 points in the 1962 game. He was voted the game’s MVP at Madison Square Garden.
The NBA’s return to New York showed off everything about the Big Apple, and by the time Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” played after the game, it was clear Westbrook was king of the hill.
“It’s amazing. It’s a blessing to be here in New York City,” Westbrook said during the MVP ceremony.
James Harden added 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the West, which built a 20-point lead in the first half and then pulled away after it was tied at 148 with a little more than four minutes remaining.
The combined 321 points surpassed the 318 scored last season, and the 48 3-pointers smashed last year’s record of 30.
“Don’t get no better, man. You play in the Garden in front of these fans,” James said.
Harden’s 3-pointer snapped the final tie with 4:02 to play and Chris Paul followed with consecutive baskets. Westbrook’s fifth 3-pointer put it away at 158-149 with 2:22 to go.
“We just talk about having fun all game long, and then, at a certain point in the fourth quarter, it’s time to win,” Paul said.