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All-Star Grades: West All-Stars

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The Western Conference is head and shoulders above the Eastern Conference in games that count this season. The same held true for Sunday's All-Star Game. Below, a look at how each player did:

TEAMS: STARTERS | RESERVES


STARTERS

Stephen Curry, Warriors | Grade: B

Stats: 15 PTS (6-16) | 9 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Curry may have stolen the highlight of the night title from Westbrook with his scoop layup that kissed high off the top of the glass. We'll need Sport Science to explain to us how he got that to fall. The leading vote-getter finished with 15 points on 6-for-16 shooting.


James Harden, Rockets | Grade: A

Stats: 29 PTS (11-16) | 8 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Harden started the game red-hot, hitting six of his first nine shots. That's no surprise, of course; Harden's game is made for this kind of environment. He finished with an uber-efficient 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting.


Klay Thompson, Warriors | Grade: D

Stats: 7 PTS (2-11) | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: You could tell it wasn't Thompson's night in the first quarter when Pau Gasol blocked his 3-point attempt. Things went downhill from there for Klay, who finished 1-for-9 from behind the arc and 2-for-11 overall. A far cry from the 47 percent he's shooting in the regular season.


LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers | Grade: B+

Stats: 18 PTS (7-11) | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Aldridge was content to do what he does so well in games that count -- hit perimeter jumpers. That doesn't translate well to a highlight-starved crowd on All-Star Sunday, though. He had 18 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.


Marc Gasol, Grizzlies | Grade: C

Stats: 6 PTS (3-6) | 10 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: The younger Gasol had little impact in this game, which, if we're being honest, isn't really suited for big men. He finished with six points on six shots in 25 minutes.


RESERVES

Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks | Grade: B-

Stats: 5 PTS (2-5) | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: How can you not love what Dirk did in the first half? He converted an alley-oop off a Steph Curry pass and then gave you the Vince Carter/Usain Bolt celebration. The West bench ate it up.


Kevin Durant, Thunder | Grade: D

Stats: 3 PTS (1-6) | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Durant killed his per-game scoring average on Sunday. He entered the game averaging 30.6 PPG in five All-Star Games. On Sunday, he had just three points on 1-of-6 shooting, looking generally disinterested throughout.


Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers | Grade: C

Stats: 11 PTS (4-12) | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Not a great night for Blake Griffin's replacement. He had four turnovers and missed 8 of 12 shots in 16 minutes.


Russell Westbrook, Thunder | Grade: A+

Stats: 41 PTS (16-28) | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Here's all you need to know about Westbrook's night: He set the All-Star Game record for points in a half with 27. He reached that mark with five minutes to go in the half having played just 11. Russ-diculous indeed. He finished with a game-high 41 on 16-for-28 shooting and MVP honors.


Chris Paul, Clippers | Grade: A-

Stats: 12 PTS (6-13) | 6 REB | 15 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: One of the best moments for Paul came in the third quarter, when he threw a pass that seemed headed for Queens that was pulled out of the sky by Westbrook for an alley-oop dunk. Just one of a night full of dimes for Paul, who had a game-high 15 assists.


DeMarcus Cousins, Kings | Grade: B-

Stats: 14 PTS (6-7) | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Wonder what Charles Barkley has to say about this one? Cousins had a solid night in his first All-Star appearance, finishing with 14 points on efficient 6-for-7 shooting. It was nondescript and below the rim, but it helped the West to a win.


Tim Duncan, Spurs | Grade: B

Stats: 2 PTS (1-2) | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: Call this a grade for career service. Duncan appeared in his 15th All-Star Game. For a little perspective, that's the third-highest total of all time, behind Kareem (20) and Kobe (17).


DNP: Kobe Bryant, Lakers (shoulder)

DNP: Blake Griffin, Clippers (staph infection)

DNP: Anthony Davis, Pelicans (shoulder)