The East didnt need a buzzer beater from Joe Johnson Sunday night. The much-maligned conference beat the West, 163-155, in New Orleans as Kyrie Irving led a fourth quarter charge, winning the MVP award with 32 points and 14 assists.
Johnson, the East's oldest player at 32, finished with five points. Johnson, selected by the East's coaches to the surprise of many, including himself, went 2-of-7 from the field (1-of-6 from three-point range). The win had to be some consolation for Johnson, who had just 11 points in Saturday night’s three-point Shootout -- the lowest total of any participant in the contest.
He admitted his knee tendonitis bothered him but said he should be fine.
"I just wanted to take it easy, man. Break a sweat, and I broke a good sweat in the first half, I eased up a little bit in the second, and then I’ll get in a good workout in tomorrow and then get a good practice in on Wednesday, and I’ll be good to go."
Scoring records fell in droves including most combined points and most points by a winning team. Carmelo Anthony made a record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points.
The Nets play again Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
- Johnson nets 5 of East's 163 points in ASG - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Nets’ Johnson happy just to be All-Star - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Records crushed as East wins NBA All-Star Game - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- East 163, West 155: East Upsets West Behind Seven-Time All-Star Joe Johnson (Just Kidding) - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game