The NBA's All-Star Weekend came to an end Sunday night with the Western Conference holding on for a 163-158 win over the East.
For Atlanta Hawks fans, the most exciting point came with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter as head coach Mike Budenholzer inserted Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver into the game alongside Al Horford and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving. The four Hawks stayed on the court together for the remainder of the quarter.
The East fell behind by as many as 20 points in the first half before a late comeback led by LeBron James narrowed the deficit to 83-82 at the half. Russell Westbrook set an All-Star Game record scoring 27 of his 41 points in the first half.
Budenholzer again put all four Hawks players into the game with 4:56 remaining in the third inserting the group alongside James and eventually Chicago's Jimmy Butler. Horford slammed home a put back dunk at the third quarter buzzer to tie the game at 122-122. The play of Westbrook and James Harden proved to be too much for the East in the fourth as they were able to hold on at the end for the win.
Westbrook knocked down 16-28 attempts from the field and was named as the game's MVP for his 41-point performance. James Harden added 29 points while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 18. LeBron James led the East with 30 points while John Wall netted 19.
Kyle Korver knocked down 7-12 three-point attempts to finish with 21 points. Korver's seven threes were one shy of Carmelo Anthony's All-Star Game record. Jeff Teague finished with 14 points while Al Horford added eight points and seven rebounds. Paul Millsap rounded things out for Atlanta finishing with five points, six rebounds and three assists.