All-Star Grades: East
The deserving MVP, Irving scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and added four of his 14 assists. Irving did it with flair, too, breaking ankles with crossovers against Stephen Curry and Dwight Howard and making two layups from unusual angles.
Anthony set an All-Star record by making eight 3-pointers, including the shot with a little over a minute left that eventually sunk the Western Conference. *However, I have to follow through on my Twitter promise to dock him a full letter grade for intentionally fouling Blake Griffin to stop a fast break, which has no place in an All-Star Game.
After leading scorers Anthony and Irving, nobody did more to help the East win than Noah, who scored just eight points. But Noah was effective in the pick-and-roll and a solid presence on defense, adding five boards and an impressive five assists to his final line.
Following up his Dunker of the Night effort, Wall delivered more highlights in his first All-Star Game, including a double-pump reverse dunk and a teardrop layup.
Quiet for much of the night, George heated up late in the third quarter by shaking James Harden with a spin move for a dunk and nailing a pull-up 3. He made all three free throws after being fouled beyond the arc, giving the East the lead for good.
East coach Frank Vogel slowed things down to get the ball to his center in the post, where Hibbert made fadeaways and found a cutting Chris Bosh during a strong 12-minute run.
In his All-Star debut, DeRozan acquitted himself nicely aside for an airball from long range over LaMarcus Aldridge. A lefty drive and finish off glass was his most memorable moment.
Grading on a curve, it was an off night for James, who was the MVP in 2008 the last time the All-Star Game was in New Orleans. He missed all seven of his 3-point attempts and also flubbed a couple of dunks, though he threw in some highlight finishes as well.
Wade throttled it back most of the night and got lightly booed for laying the ball up in transition. He was a bigger factor in the third quarter, scoring six of his 10 points, before sitting the entire final period.
It was an unremarkable (long-awaited) All-Star debut for Millsap, who had six points and three rebounds in 15 minutes.
Bosh attempted a team-low three shots, making two of them, and mostly stayed out of the way during his limited action.
After finishing last in Saturday's Shootout, Johnson couldn't find the range Sunday night, either. Of his seven attempts, six were 3s, and Johnson made just one.
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