Post-game notes courtesy of NBA Media Central.
Kevin Durant was named MVP of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game after scoring 36 points on 14-for-25 shooting, to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. This is the first All-Star MVP for Durant. He received nine of a possible 13 votes. Kobe Bryant got three votes, and LeBron James got one vote. The last player in Oklahoma City franchise history to win All-Star MVP honors was
Tom Chambers in 1987, playing for the Seattle SuperSonics.
MOVE OVER MICHAEL: With 27 points tonight, Kobe Bryant moved into first place on the
all-time All-Star scoring list with 271 points, surpassing Michael Jordan (262). He broke the record on a breakaway dunk with 4:57 left in the third quarter. Bryant began the night in fourth place, and also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (251) and Oscar Robertson (246).
AT THE HALF: The West broke the record for points in a half for a single team, scoring 88 points in the first half of tonight’s game. The previous mark was 87, set by the West in 1989. The two teams tied the record for most combined points in a half with 157 in the first half. It also happened in the second half of the 1988 NBA All-Star Game.
KING JAMES: LeBron James, who tied an All-Star Game record with six three-pointers (Mark Price, 1993), finished with 36 points, seven assists and six rebounds. James bumped his career All-Star scoring average to 25.9 ppg, which is the highest average in All-Star history. Bryant is second at 20.8, followed by Oscar Robertson (20.5) and Bob Pettit (20.4 ppg).
TRIPLE-DOUBLE WADE: Dwyane Wade record the third triple-double in All-Star history, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. LeBron James had a triple double in last year’s game with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Michael Jordan has the other one, tallying 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in 1997.
AT THE BUZZER: The two teams combined for 301 points tonight, two shy of the record 303 set in 1987, a game that went into overtime. The 301 combined points are the most in a non-overtime game in All-Star history.
CHRIS LIKES TO DISH: Chris Paul finished with a game-high 12 assists. In four All-Star games, Paul is averaging 11.8 assists. The record for assists in an All-Star Game is 22, set by Magic Johnson in 1984.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE: The East set an All-Star record with 14 three-pointers made, breaking the record of 13 set by the West in 2002. LeBron James was 6-for-8 from distance. Deron Williams went 4-for-7 from behind the arc, and finished with 20 points. The two teams combined for 26 three-pointers, which broke the record of 22, set in 2002.
CHASING WILT: Wilt Chamberlain still holds the single-game All-Star scoring record with 42 points, set in 1962. Michael Jordan scored 40 points in 1988. Rick Barry has the third-highest mark with 38 points in 1967.