The Western Conference prevailed over the Eastern Conference 143-138 this past Sunday in Houston for the 2013 All Star Game.
Chris Paul won the MVP by scoring 20 points and dishing out 15 assists in the defensively challenged All Star game. The point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers said, "You just want to play fast. I like to throw the lob. I like to see guys hit 3s. When we're out on the court with all that firepower, why wouldn't you want to make passes? You've got KD filling one of the lanes, you've got Blake, Kobe on the wing. There's nothing like it."
However, towards the end of the game, it was the defense of the Western Conference that led them to their victory. Kobe Bryant sparked the defense by blocking King James not only once, but twice. "I think we played really good defense at the end of the game as a team," Kevin Durant said. "Kobe was really going with the ball. It's tough to stop LeBron, but he did his best. He was able to block a few of his shots. But CP did a really good job of keeping us in the game."
While the first three quarters of every All Star game isn’t very competitive at all, the last few minutes of the 4th quarter usually are. The reason? The winning team receives $50,000 per player if they win. And even for a rich NBA player, that is incentive enough to try hard.