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West sets All-Star game record by scoring 88 points in the first half

Feb 26, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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The 2012 All-Star game hasn’t been filled with a ton of memorable highlights just yet, but here in Orlando at halftime, one of the teams has accomplished something worth noting.

The West is out to an 88-69 lead over the East, and the 88 points is a record for the most scored in a half. The previous record of 87 points had been unsurpassed since 1989.

A few early highlights included a violent windmill dunk from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and he connecting on a couple of alley-oops, and Chris Paul finding Blake Griffin for a couple of thunderous slams.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are your co-MVPs at halftime, having combined for 38 points on 16-of-24 shooting. Durant leads all scorers at halftime with 21 points, and Westbrook is second in that department with 17.

  1. savvybynature - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I actually enjoyed the lower scoring first quarter more. The second quarter was so sloppy it got kind of dull.

  2. pudgalvin - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I managed to get through about 4 minutes before I switched to Zombieland.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Why do they keep records? These all star games are past their sell-by dates. Rendered obsolete with stalking, omnipresent media.

  4. mannyfresh209 - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Really not sure why you guys feel the need to bash the All-Star game. Childish, at best.

    • polegojim - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      …. because fans of the game have that right.

      The game was fun, loved it….

      But….that was the most ‘forced hype’, pregame show I’ve ever seen. It was so pathetic and over the top, at first, I thought it was a joke or a commercial, like the Kobe counseling Tony Robbins deal.

      Then… I realized it was SERIOUS.

      What happened to the ‘on court’ intro? Hey, fire up the smoke and pyro…but now they’re coming out of leveled stages?

      PLEASE. Talk about over working it to the max. I gagged on the concept.

  5. polegojim - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    The game was highly entertaining. Just like any All Star Game, it’s about the show.

  6. readysethike - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I almost missed the game becuz the performance by nicki minaj was so horrible and boring…shes what lil kim has been trying to look like for years

  7. losangelasbasketball - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Lil kim haha…

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