NEW ORLEANS — King James is All-Star royalty again.

LeBron James threw down a powerful dunk for the go-ahead basket with 55 seconds left, punctuating an MVP performance and helping the Eastern Conference beat the West 134-128 on Sunday night in the All-Star game.

James finished with 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in capturing his second MVP award in the last three years. He was honored in 2006 in Houston after he sparked the East's big rally in a 122-120 victory in Houston.

This time, the East blew the big lead, with the West rallying from 16 points down to grab a fourth-quarter lead. But with the game tied at 125, James dribbled the length of the court before soaring for a dunk that put the East back on top for good.