NBA All-Star Games Hits Record 397 Combined Points As East Beats West

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The NBA aimed for heightened competition but witnessed a surge in scoring, marking a historic milestone in the league’s 73-year history.

During Sunday night’s All-Star Game, All-Star MVP Damian Lillard of the Milwaukee Bucks led the Eastern Conference to a 211-186 victory over the Western Conference, establishing a new record for the most points scored in a single game. The previous record, set in 2016 by the West with 196 points, was surpassed with the East’s dominant performance.

The game was marked by a flurry of record-breaking achievements. The total points amassed, totaling 397, shattered the previous record of 374 set in 2017. Additionally, the East’s 42 3-pointers surpassed the mark of 35 set by Team LeBron in 2019. The first-half scoring frenzy resulted in 193 combined points, surpassing last year’s record of 191. The East’s 104 points by halftime equaled the highest-scoring half in All-Star Game history.

Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics contributed 36 points, and Tyrese Haliburton of the hometown Indiana Pacers added 32 for the East. Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, with Jayson Tatum finishing with 20. Reflecting on his achievement, Lillard expressed, “To be able to have this kind of accomplishment, it’s special.”

Noteworthy performances included Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who scored 50 points for the West in just 28 minutes, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who added 31 points for the West.

Commenting on the remarkable offensive display, West forward Kevin Durant acknowledged the challenge of defending against the East’s exceptional shot-making ability. The West’s score of 186 points ranked among the highest in All-Star history, underscoring the extraordinary offensive prowess exhibited by both teams, despite the West ultimately suffering a defeat.