Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant comes up short of earning MVP
The Thunder All-Star says Clippers' Chris Paul deserved award.
HOUSTON — He nearly did it again.
Kevin Durant came up just a bit short of earning a second consecutive All-Star Game MVP despite scoring a game-high 30 points in the West's 143-138 over the East on Sunday night inside the Toyota Center.
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul won the MVP, his first of his career, after scoring 20 points with 15 assists.
Had Durant finished the job, it would have been the first time in NBA history that a player has won back-to-back MVP honors outright. Bob Pettit, after winning the honor in 1958, shared the award a year later with Elgin Baylor.
“He deserved it,” Durant said of Paul winning the award. “He had great passes, (was) making steals (and) made big buckets. He played a helluva game and congratulations to him. It was a pleasure playing with him.”
Durant did everything he could to take home the hardware for the second straight season. He made 13 of 24 shots, including three of eight 3-pointers, while adding six rebounds, two steals and one assist. He pumped in seven points in the first period, 12 in the second, five in the third frame and six in the fourth quarter.
It marked the first time in NBA All-Star Game history that a player has scored at least 30 points in three consecutive games. Durant scored 36 points in last year's MVP-winning performance in Orlando and dumped in 34 points in 2011 in Los Angeles.
Durant bumped his All-Star game scoring average to 28.8 points, the highest in the game's history. Durant now sits 3.7 points per game ahead of second-placed LeBron James, who scored 19 for the East on Sunday.
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