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Final: West 143, East 138

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 17, 2013 08:51 PM

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Final: West 143-138: The game lacked real suspense at the end. The Eastern Conference made a couple of runs but Chris Paul with 20 points and 15 assists was brilliant while Kevin Durant led all scorers with 30 points. Carmelo Anthony finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the East. Kevin Garnett played just six minutes and finished with three rebounds and one assist. East coach Erik Spoelstra gave his rival forward plenty of rest.

End of third quarter, West 108-104: The game is moving along pretty uneventfully. Kevin Garnett has not played since the first quarter and his night appears done. Kevin Durant leads the Western Conference with 24 points as they are shooting 54.7 percent while Dwyane Wade leads the East with 21. Carmelo Anthony has 17 points and LeBron James has 18. Chris Paul has 11 points and 13 assists. Durant is the early favorite for MVP.

Halftime, West 69-65: Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 19 points and Blake Griffin has 12, all on dunks as the West shot 56.4 percent and scored 48 points in the
[paint, a testament to the lack of defense. Dwyane Wade has 12 for the East while LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have 10 apiece. Kevin Garnett played those six first-quarter minutes with three rebounds and an assist. Chris Bosh has shot three airballs and is 2-for-7 shooting. Not a good night so far.

End of first quarter, West 31-26: It's a pretty typical all-star game with high-flying dunks and spectacular plays, save two airballs by Chris Bosh that drew boos from the Toyota Center crowd. Kevin Durant leads the West with 7 points while Chris Paul has 3 points and four assist. For the East, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony each have 7 and no other East player has more than two.

Kevin Garnett played six first-period minutes with three rebounds and one assists and missing both of his shot attempts.

Finally folks were about to tipoff. Don't expect Kevin Garnett to play a lot of minutes. He mentioned prior to the game that he may play six or seven minutes. All the intros and anthems are done and we'll update the game after every quarter.

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