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NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Durant scores 38 points in West's loss

It was the fourth consecutive year that Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points in the NBA All-Star Game.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 16, 2014

But it went to Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving, who dazzled with an East-high 31 points to go with a game-high 14 assists and five rebounds. The third-year star made 14 of 17 shots in his first career All-Star Game start.

“I was just going out there and trying to have fun with the game,” Durant said when asked if his thoughts drifted to winning the MVP. “Of course we want to win. We were up 18. But leads in this game, they come and go … But it was fun. It was one of those games you're always going to remember.”

Durant, a three-time scoring champion who is on pace to win his fourth scoring title in five years with a 31.5-point average this season, showed New Orleans a sampling of what he's been dishing all season.

He dumped in 12 first-quarter points and added five rebounds and three assists in the period, making five of his eight shots. It was a preview of the all-around performance that was to come.

By halftime, Durant sat on 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting in 17 minutes. He just missed a last-second 3-pointer before the second-quarter buzzer that would have pushed him past Glen Rice for the most points in a half of All-Star basketball.

Durant added 10 rebounds and six assists on the night.

“What I didn't see tonight, what he has done all season long, is defend. He didn't defend tonight,” joked Thunder and West coach Scott Brooks. “But it was a great game.”