NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LeBron James earned his second NBA All-Star game MVP in helping the East beat the West 134-128 in the 57th NBA All-Star game. James finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and
nine assists and scored a thunderous dunk with 55 seconds left to
break a tie and give the East the lead for good.
Boston's Ray Allen led all scorers with 28, including 14 in the
final 3½ minutes.
The East jumped on top fast in building an early 18-7 lead
before building a 74-65 halftime edge. The West made its run but
the East was able to regroup thanks to James and Allen.
Orlando's Dwight Howard, who won the slam-dunk competition
Saturday night, added 16 points and nine rebounds for the East.
Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Brandon Roy each had 18 to pace the West. L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant started but played only 3 minutes because of a torn ligament
in his hand. Bryant did not score.