NEW ORLEANS -- Kyrie Irving dazzled with his ability to create separation with his dribble, get to the rim and finish. It was so impressive he led the East with 31 points in Sunday's All-Star Game as he also was named MVP.
That said, Irving wasn't the best point guard in the East. That would be John Wall, who played behind him and scored 12 points -- the most by a Wizards player since Michael Jordan -- in 15 minutes of a 163-155 victory.
Wall was voted as a reserve by coaches after Irving won the popular vote by fans. Wall didn't feel cheated. He realizes his profile has increased for his first All-Star trip, especially after winning the slam-dunk contest Saturday in spectacular fashion, and that is good enough.
"I think everyone in the world know who I am now, winning the slam-dunk contest and having the opportunity to do it in front of all the fans in the world that's watching," Wall said. "That's pretty big for me. Everybody's still talking about it's one of the best dunks they've seen and that's exciting for me."
Wall and Irving led the East's second-half comeback after the West led by as many as 18 points. Irving, in his second All-Star Game and first as a starter, finished with a team-high 31 on 14-for-17 shooting.
"He won MVP. He'll probably get the same votes," Wall said when asked if he expected to gain ground in popular voting. "He deserved it. He put on a show tonight. He has one of the best layup games I've ever seen of a guard or anybody around the rim so he definitely deserved it. I'm not mad. We won."