NEW YORK — Russell Westbrook scored 41 points — one shy of Wilt Chamberlain's record — and was selected MVP of the All-Star Game after leading the West to a 163-158 win over the East on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Oklahoma City's flashy guard set a record with 27 first-half points, helping the West build a 20-point lead that was eventually erased. And beyond his array of high-flying dunks, drives and 3-pointers, Westbrook celebrated almost every one of his buckets with some kind of celebration, strutting back down the floor, raising his arms or pointing to the crowd.
He's a showman and Westbrook delivered a Broadway-worthy performance. He just missed matching the scoring mark set by Chamberlain in 1962.
Westbrook's biggest basket came with 2:22 left when he drained a 3-pointer to give the West a 158-149 lead. He made the most of his 25 minutes on the floor, attempting 28 shots.