NEW ORLEANS -- Blake Griffin was well on his way to possibly being named the Most Valuable Player of Sunday's NBA All-Star game.
Then Kyrie Irving and the East caught fire and rallied from 18 down to beat the West, 163-155.
The comeback victory by the East spoiled a terrfic night by Griffin, who finished with 38 points on 19-of-23 shooting. So what happened to Griffin en route to picking up the MVP trophy?
"They started making shots,'' he said of the East squad. "And we didn't get stops and we went a little bit cold.
"And once a team gets hot, especially a team with so many good scorers, it's tough to stop them. And down the stretch we just made a few key mistakes, but you know, it's all good.''
With his assortment of dunks, Griffin put on an amazing show for the folks at the Smoothie King Arena. The Los Angeles Clippers' forward scored 18 points in the first quarter, which is just two points shy of the most points ever scored in one quarter in an All-Star game.
Griffin, however, wasn't concerned about any individual achievements.
"That's actually my first loss in the All-Star game,'' Griffin said. "You never want to lose, even if it's an All-Star game.
"It's kind of a friendly competition and it's better to get the win. So that was a little frustrating.''
-- Dwain Price
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