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NBA All-Star Game becomes shooting showcase for MVP Damian Lillard, Tyrese Haliburton in blowout East win

February 19th, 2024

NBA 3-point champion Damian Lillard remained on fired in Sunday’s All-Star Game. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game turned into an extension of Saturday’s 3-point shooting contest.

Hometown All-Star Tyrese Haliburton and Damian Lillard put on a show from long distance as the Eastern Conference cruised to a 211-186 win over the Western Conference. The East effort marked the first 200-point performance in All-Star Game history. Lillard, fresh off his second straight 3-point contest victory, earned MVP honors on a 39-point night.

As usual for the All-Star Game, defense was at a premium as the West did little to keep things competitive after the East opened a 53-47 first-quarter lead.

Haliburton got off to a scorching start in his first appearance as an All-Star starter, hitting five 3-pointers in a span of 92 seconds to give the East an early 20-14 lead. The run set the Pacers guard up as the early MVP favorite for the Indianapolis All-Star Game.

But Lillard went on his own binge through the second quarter and entered halftime with 22 points on a 6-of-11 effort from 3-point distance. By then, the East led, 104-89 in the highest-scoring half in All-Star Game history.

In the third quarter, LIllard showed off his ridiculous range with a halfcourt 3-pointer.

Lillard and Haliburton continued to set each other up in the second half with little resistance from Western Conference defenders.

Lillard rested for much of the fourth quarter and finished with 39 points and six assists while shooting 11 of 23 from 3-point distance. Haliburton tallied 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists while shooting 10 of 14 from 3-point distance. When NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Lillard as MVP postgame, the Indianapolis crowd greeted the decision with boos.

In the end, East players combined to hit 42 of 97 (43.3%) 3-pointers, shattering the previous record of 36 for a single team in an All-Star Game. Jaylen Brown got in on the shooting showcase with a 36-point effort off the bench while connecting on 6 of 12 shots from long distance.

Karl-Anthony Towns countered with a game-high 50 points alongside eight rebounds and three assists off the bench for the West while shooting 23 of 35 from the floor and 4 of 13 from long distance. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 31 points, five assists and four rebounds. Their effort did little to counter the long-distance onslaught from the East.

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