Lillard Wins MVP as East Beats West 211-186 in 2024 NBA All-Star Game

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Led by Lillard’s 39 points, the Eastern Conference shattered the record for most points by a team in an All-Star Game. Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard scored 39 points and drained 11 3-pointers to lead the Eastern Conference to a record-setting 211-186 win over the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis.

Lillard, 33, was named NBA All-Star Game MVP for the first time for his performance at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday night.

The Eastern Conference shattered the record for most points by a team in an All-Star Game. The previous mark was 196 points, which late Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant and the Western Conference notched during the 2016 All-Star Game.

The contest was dominated by three-pointers and dunks, as neither side devoted much energy or attention to defence.

The Eastern Conference shot 56.8 percent (83-for-146) from the field and 43.3 percent (42-for-97) from three-point range. The Western Conference shot 55.9 percent (80-for-143) overall and 35.2 percent (25-for-71) from beyond the arc.

History-maker James hopeful of ending career at Lakers

LeBron James made history by playing in his 20th All-Star Game. The 39-year-old surpassed fellow Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who earned 19 selections.

The career milestone did not equate to a memorable performance on the court for James. He finished with eight points on 4-for-10 shooting, and he missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

However, James said he still wants to participate in the Paris Olympics this summer and that he would like to see his playing days end as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

James is 39, having played more minutes than anyone in NBA history.

“I told myself before the season, when I committed to being part of the Olympic team, obviously it was all predicated on my health,” James said.

“As it stands right now, I am healthy enough to be on the team and perform at a level that I know I can perform at.”

The three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist said he is “committed to Team USA.”

He’s 132 points away from reaching 40,000 for his regular-season career, which means he’s likely somewhere around five games from hitting that milestone.

“I have not mapped out how many seasons I have left,” James said. “I know it’s not that many.”

James said he is “very happy” in Los Angeles.

“I am a Laker and I’m happy and been very happy being a Laker the last six years and hopefully it stays that way,” James said. “But I don’t have the answer to how long it is or which uniform I’ll be in. Hopefully (it) is with the Lakers.”

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