West Beats East in NBA All-Star Game 2016


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The 2016 NBA All-Star game was held in Toronto, Canada on February 14, at the Air Canada Centre. The West beat the East 196 – 173.

For the second year in a row, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder won the All-Star MVP award with 31 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. “I was honestly surprised I won it again,” Westbrook said. “I was very surprised to have my name called. I’m happy and blessed to be in the game again and for the opportunity.”

Paul George of the Indiana Pacers was one point off the All-star game all time scoring record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. George scored 41 points but he also had 5 rebounds and 1 assist. “They weren’t trying to let me break that record,” George said during a post game interview with TNT. “I was unaware, though. I shot the 3 when I could have got a layup. If I had known that [I was close to the record], I would have dunked.”

In his final All-Star appearance Kobe Bryant had a pretty good night scoring 10 points grabbing 6 rebounds and  7 assist. When Kobe Bryant had his last few seconds in the 2016 All-Star game the Air Canada Centre was electric. “He was sent off to a standing ovation, fitting for the 18-time All-Star — and four-time All-Star Game MVP,” stated www.sbnation.com