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Chris Paul won the 2013 All-Star Game MVP as the West defeated the East on Sunday night in Houston.
The Western Conference won their third straight All-Star Game by defeating the Eastern Conference 143-138 behind phenomenal performances from Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. Paul finished the game with 20 points and 15 assists to earn MVP honors, while Durant, the reigning All-Star Game MVP, scored a game-high 30 points.
Paul and Durant were especially good closing out the game, trading off big plays to help put the East away. Paul capped off his brilliant night with a 3-pointer in the eye of big man Joakim Noah. Paul's teammate Blake Griffin also had a big game, scoring 19 points and doing a lot of damage off lobs from the point guard.
The East fought valiantly throughout, with a flurry of threes by Paul George and Carmelo Anthony keeping the game close. But there was just too much Paul and Durant, and Griffin put an exclamation point on the West victory with a ferocious dunk on a pass to himself off the backboard. Kobe Bryant also gave the crowd a rise with multiple blocks of LeBron James down the stretch.
Anthony scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the East. James scored 19 points, while teammate Dwyane Wade had 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting. George added 17 points off the bench.