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2012 NBA All-Star Game: West Beats East 152-149

The Western Conference took control of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night in Orlando, but had to hang on late as the East made a dramatic comeback. In the end, the West held on for a 152-149 victory in Orlando after holding a big lead for most of the night.

Kevin Durant took home MVP honors with 36 points for the West.

The Eastern Conference trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter, but thanks to Lebron James and Dwyane Wade the East was able to get as close as a single point on two Wade free throws with 22 seconds left. Kobe Bryant then missed the second of two free throws to put the West in front only 151-149 with 18 seconds left.

That gave the East a chance to tie or take the lead, but Deron Williams missed a three-pointer and James threw the ball away with a second left after Williams rebounded his miss. Wade missed a three at the buzzer after Blake Griffin hit a final free throw.

Kevin Love had a very successful All-Star game as the representative for the Timberwolves. He would finish with 17 points and seven rebounds for the West.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.