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NBA All-Star Game 2012: Kevin Durant, West Defeat East, 152-149

Kevin Durant fueled a record-breaking effort by the Western Conference, amassing 36 points, seven rebounds and three steals to lead the West past the Eastern Conference, 152-149, on Sunday night in the 61st annual NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida.

LeBron James almost led a late East comeback, finishing with 36 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Dwyane Wade, who missed a desperation three at the buzzer, had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Deron Williams had 20 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 19.

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Blake Griffin had 22 points and eight boards, Russell Westbrook scored 21 and Kevin Love, winner of the Foot Locker Three Point Contest, finished with 17 points for the West.

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were the only two representatives of the Boston Celtics playing in the game, and unfortunately, neither had particularly impressive games. Pierce finished with three points on 1-of-8 shooting and had two rebounds in 11 minutes while Rondo had two points and eight assists in 16 minutes.

Pierce and Rondo will now return to the Celtics, who resume play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Boston was 15-17 in the first half of the season and is currently eighth in the Eastern Conference.

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