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2012 NBA All-Star Game: Kyrie Irving, Rising Stars MVP, Finishes Last In Skills Challenge

Cavaliers' rookie guard Kyrie Irving won the Rising Stars Challenge MVP by scoring 34 points on 12-for-13 shooting. He finished last in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

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2012 NBA All-Star Game: West Beats East 152-149

The Western Conference won another All-Star game, this time in Orlando after almost letting a big lead slip away. Russell Westbrook had 21 points as the West won 152-149 Sunday night. Kevin Durant earned MVP honors with 36 points for the West.

The Eastern Conference trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter, but thanks to Lebron James and Dwyane Wade the East was able to get as close as a single point on two Wade free throws with 22 seconds left. Kobe Bryant then missed the second of two free throws to put the West in front only 151-149 with 18 seconds left.

That gave the East a chance to tie or take the lead, but Deron Williams missed a three-pointer and James threw the ball away with a second left after Williams rebounded his miss. Wade missed a three at the buzzer after Blake Griffin hit a final free throw.

James led the East with 36 points, but his turnover with just over a second left all but sealed the game for the West.


NBA All-Star Game 2012: West Leads East 88-69 At Halftime

The Western Conference All-Stars blitzed the East for 49 points in the second quarter of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. That allowed them to cruise to an 88-69 lead int he annual event, and the west appears to be headed for a record scoring total so far.

The Western Conference scored a record 155 points in the 2003 All-Star Game, but that took two overtime. Twice in regulation (1987 and 1984) a team reached 154 points, but those games also went to overtime. Kevin Durant leads the West with 21 points, while Dwyane Wade has 14 to lead the East.

None of the current players for the Cavaliers are playing on the Eastern Conference roster this year, but former Cav Lebron James has scored 13 points and has dished out three assists. Russell Westbrook has also scored 17 points for the West, which has been cruising so far with little signs of slowing on offense.


2012 NBA All-Star Rosters: Kyrie Irving Left Off Of The Eastern Conference Reserves

Kyrie Irving is probably close to leading in the race for the Rookie of the Year, but the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard was left off the 2012 NBA All-Star rosters. The reserves were named on Thursday and, unfortunately for the Cleveland faithful, the top draft pick was left off the team.

Cleveland, currently sporting a 10-14 record, has been led by Irving all season as he's racked up 18 points, 5.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds while starting every game he's played in this season. The rookie is currently sidelined with a concussion, however, and missed the Cavs' last game.

Irving wasn't too far out of the voting totals when the NBA released preliminary totals earlier in the year, but he apparently wasn't impressive enough to convince the coaching staffs around the league that he deserved a spot on the roster.

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