NEW ORLEANS — The first half of the 2014 NBA All-Star game featured more than its fair share of spectacular dunks and highlight plays, but it actually accomplished something in the process — it made history.
The West led the East 89-76 at the break, and the 165 points combined set an All-Star game record for total points scored in a single half.
The previous record was 157, set back in 1988.
Other records were set in the high-scoring first half, as well. The 74 field goals made were the most ever, breaking the 2012 record of 69. The 50 assists were the most since the 45 combined that were tallied in 1984. And, the West’s 89-point output beat the previous record, a mark of 88 they put up back in 2012.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 22 points in the first half for the West, while Carmelo Anthony put up 20 for the East in the game’s first 24 minutes.