User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Paul is first Clipper to win All-Star MVP

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Paul knew exactly what to do with the unlimited talent around him in Sunday's NBA All-Star game: find the open man and enjoy the show.

Advertisement
Paul became the first Los Angeles Clippers player to be game's MVP, scoring 20 points and handing out 15 assists in the West's 143-138 win over the East.

He made 7-of-10 shots, including four 3-pointers, and became the third player to have at least 20 points and 15 assists in the league's annual showcase, joining a couple Hall of Fame point guards, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas.

``In games like this, it's so up-tempo and fast-paced,'' Paul said. ``A guy like me, that's a facilitator, I enjoy (it).''

Paul already had the best per-game assists average in All-Star history, 12.4 in four appearances. He had nine assists and plenty of fancy dribbling in the first half and one of his niftiest moves came right before one of his only mistakes.

When 6-foot-11 Chris Bosh came out to the wing to guard him, Paul slid the ball between Bosh's legs and darted past him. He then threw an errant pass into the lane and Dwyane Wade intercepted, one of Paul's three turnovers in the game.

Paul didn't have a miscue in the second half, and had nine points in the final quarter to help the West win for the fourth time in five seasons.

He tried to hook up with the high-flying Griffin for one of their trademark alley-oops early in the third quarter. They mis-timed it, though, and Griffin had to come down before going up for a more conventional dunk.

But with so many stars to choose from, Paul could spread it around. He flicked a pass to Dwight Howard for a jam and found Tim Duncan cutting down the lane for another one in the third quarter. Paul also pitched a few assists to Kevin Durant, who finished with 30 points.

``This game is slightly different than a regular-season game,'' Paul said. ``You have to pick your poison. You tag Blake at the rim for a dunk, you're leaving KD wide open for the 3.''

Maybe just wanting to try something different midway through the third quarter, Paul backed up to the corner and swished a 3-pointer for an 88-86 lead for the West.

``Most of the time, I was open,'' Paul said. ``I was wide-open for the first two 3s that I hit. The other ones, the shot clock was running down, so I almost was forced to shoot a couple of times.''

Paul, leading the league this season with 2.59 steals per game, had four in the All-Star game.

``He had great passes, (was) making steals, made big buckets,'' Durant said. ``He played a hell of a game. It was a pleasure playing with him.''

Paul is averaging 9.6 assists - second to Boston's Rajon Rondo - in his second season with the Clippers. More significantly, he's led the Clippers to a 39-17 record and he, Blake Griffin and ``Lob City'' have helped their franchise steal some of the L.A. spotlight from the floundering Lakers, who currently sit 10th in the Western Conference.

In an All-Star format, where the defense is lazier than the regular season, a player like Paul excels. He had 12 assists in last year's game and 14 in each of his first two, when he played for New Orleans.

``You just want to play fast,'' Paul said. ``I like to throw the lob. I like to see guys hit 3s. When you're out on the court with all that firepower, why wouldn't you want to make passes? You've got KD (Durant) filling one of the lanes, you've got Blake, Kobe (Bryant) on the wing. There's nothing like it.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Sportsbook: Tuesday's Top Action
Akins: Hoop Trends - Tuesday
Lawrence: Zig-Zag Theory
News: Playoff Props posted
Warriors trying to move on without Bogut
Torn labrum ends Carmelo's season
Pacers to rest 3 starters in finale
A season of frustration for Wolves
Cavs' Deng wins citizenship award
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
3-0 Y'day, 6-1 L7, +4,009 TY
12-3 L15 Picks, 33-11 Streak
3 Straight Wins, 8-1 Last 6 Days
19-9 L28, +1,870 G-Plays TY
13-5 L18, 18-7 L25 Selections
11-4 L15 Totals, +1,629 Picks TY
11-5 L16 Picks, +2,007 This Year
4-0 L4 G-Plays, +1,486 TY
7-3 L10 G-Plays, 10-3 L13 Totals
+1,583 Totals This Year
6-1 Last 7 Selections
5-0 L5 Picks, 9-1 L10 Win Streak
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 6-2 L8 Picks
12-4 L16 Guaranteed Plays
2-0 Y'day, +1,556 This Season
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2013 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 3907
Mike Rose + 2007
Stephen Nover + 1629
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 673
ASA + 585
Paul Bovi + 478
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 59 %
Chip Chirimbes 57 %
Mike Rose 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 1870
The Prez + 1413
Paul Bovi + 1218
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Tony Stoffo + 1473
Stephen Nover + 1347
Kyle Hunter + 1045
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1827
Mike Rose + 1604
Chip Chirimbes + 1008
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!