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East All-Stars dominate West All-Stars, 211-186, in NBA All-Star Game

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ALL-STAR GAME CHAMPIONS. The East All-Stars rout their Western rivals, 211-186, in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night (Monday in the Philippines, February 19, 2024).  NBA PHOTO

The NBA All-Star Game shattered records as the East All-Stars dominated the West All-Stars with a historic 211-186 victory on Sunday night (Monday in the Philippines, February 19, 2024). 

The focal point of the night was not just the victory but the unprecedented scoring spectacle that unfolded in Indianapolis.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Damian Lillard, crowned the All-Star MVP, led the charge with an astonishing 39 points, guiding the Eastern Conference to the highest point total in the game’s 73-year history. 

The previous record of 196, set by the West in 2016, was obliterated as both teams engaged in an offensive showcase.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the East captain, summed up the night, saying, “We had fun.” The game was characterized by a flurry of records, with a total of 397 points breaking the previous mark of 374 set in 2017. 

The East, known for its sharpshooting, made an incredible 42 three-pointers, surpassing the previous record of 35 set by Team LeBron in 2019.

Individual performances added to the spectacle, with Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics contributing 36 points, and Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers, playing in front of his hometown crowd, finishing with an impressive 32 points. Antetokounmpo added 23 points, and Jayson Tatum rounded out the scoring with 20.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves stole the spotlight for the West, scoring an astounding 50 points in just 28 minutes. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder also impressed with 31 points for the Western Conference.

The game featured an array of records, including a total of 66 three-pointers attempted by the East, surpassing the previous mark of 90 attempts by Team LeBron in 2019. 

The combined 66 three-pointers made and 168 attempted shattered previous records of 62 and 167, respectively, set in 2019.

While the intensity of defense was noticeably absent, the offensive spectacle delighted fans and players alike. 

Lillard, who won the 3-point shootout on Saturday night, became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1988 to win both a Saturday event and the All-Star MVP in the same weekend.

Lillard’s shooting clinic included an impressive 44-footer to close the scoring, emphasizing his range and accuracy. 

His 11 three-pointers on the night showcased a shooting display rarely seen, with an average distance of 31.5 feet, far beyond the typical NBA three-pointer.

While the All-Star Game may not have adhered to traditional defensive standards, the records broken and the offensive exhibition provided a memorable night for fans and players alike. 

The game may not have met the competitive expectations sought by the league, but it undeniably showcased the incredible talent and entertainment value of the NBA’s brightest stars.

ALL-STAR GAME MVP. Milwaukee Bucks’ Damian Lillard is crowned All-Star MVP. MILWAUKEE BUCKS PHOTO

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