The 2012 NBA All-Star Game not only contained some incredible individual performances, but was actually an entertaining contest as the East rallied back from a 20 point deficit in the fourth to pull within one point of their opponents with 22 seconds to play, but they fell short as the West won the game by a final margin of 152-149 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant won his first All-Star Game MVP as he knocked down 36 points for the West. Miami Heat forward LeBron James also scored 36 points for the Eastern squad and was a key part of the comeback attempt as he buried three treys down the stretch, but he would cost his team a chance to tie the contest as he made a bad pass that Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin stole with one second left.
The Western Conference would dominate the game for most of the evening and they would set the tone in the opening period, jumping ahead by double digits. Durant drove the lane with 30 seconds left in the first and his team ended the quarter on top 39-28.
The closest the East could get in the second was 10 points down as their opponents responded every time they made a run. Blake Griffin jacked up a 24 foot trey at the buzzer and the West entered the locker room as the game reached the half holding an 88-69 advantage.
Dwyane Wade slammed the rock through the hole with 6:26 remaining in the third and the East were suddenly back in the game as they trailed 102-95. The West would once again answer back by pulling ahead by double figures and with 3:39 to play Dirk Nowitzki launched a three-point shot from 26 feet out putting his team in charge with the score 116-101. They would settle for being on top by 12 points at the end of the quarter holding a 124-112 lead.
When Kevin Love drained a 26 foot trey with 9:09 remaining in the contest it looked like the West had the game wrapped up as they led 136-116. Their opponents however had other ideas as they would not go out quietly into the night. The East would take over the action going on a 33-12 run and pulled with one point as Wade hit a critical pair at the line with 22 seconds on the clock making it a 150-149 contest. They would have a chance to either send the game into overtime or get the win with one second remaining, however James’ ill-chosen pass ended the threat as the West held on for the victory.
The combined total of 301 points was an All-Star Game record for most points scored. Durant led the way for the victors with 36 points while Kobe Bryant knocked down 27 points and Griffin had another 22 points for the night. Russell Westbrook would score 21 points while Love added 17 points in the win.
James knocked down 36 points while Wade had 24 points and Deron Williams came in off the bench with 20 points in the game. Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points while Derrick Rose added 14 points and André Iguodala chipped in 12 points in the contest.