Paul George not only broke his own Indiana Pacers record for most points in an All-Star Game, but fell two points shy of breaking the All-Star Game record held by Wilt Chamberlain in a game that was otherwise a game where records fell by the wayside as the Western Conference All-Stars defeated the Eastern Conference All-Stars 196-173.
It was fitting in a game defined by Kobe Bryant playing in last All-Star Game that George would make tonight his bid for an All-Star MVP Award. George's previous high of 18 was threatened in the first quarter as he scored 14 points. George showed no signs of slowing down as he scored 41 points on the night. George was double-teamed in the game's final minute to keep Chamberlain's record alive for another year.
George did set the All-Star Game record for most three pointers in a game, hitting nine on the night. But despite shining the brightest among the All-Stars, the depth of the Western Conference All-Stars proved too much, as they got six 20-point scorers, led by Russell Westbrook, who had 31 to win his second consecutive Kia All-Star MVP Award.
It's unfortunate for George that the result of a game that yielded a record-369 combined points would place emphasis on the winner of the MVP, but it didn't take away from a night where George represented not only himself and the Eastern Conference well, but his Pacers team as well. If George has any frustration about not taking home the MVP Award in Kobe Bryant's final All-Star appearance, he can do something about it when the Pacers face Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.