Monday , Feb , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron leads East to comeback win

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade’s follow shot in the lane with 16.6
seconds remaining rallied the Eastern Conference past the Western Conference,
122-120, at the 55th annual NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center.

LeBron James had 29 points and six rebounds for the East and at 21-years-old
was named the youngest MVP in the history of the contest. Wade ended with 20
points for the East, which rallied from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to
win the contest for a second straight year.

“It means a lot. The hard work and dedication has paid off,” James said. “I
was just showcasing my talent today and we got another win.”

Houston’s Tracy McGrady had game-high honors with 36 points on 15-of-26
shooting, including 4-of-10 from three-point range, for the West. Tim Duncan
tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Shawn Marion totaled 14 points and
eight boards.

Kobe Bryant’s dunk with 58.1 seconds left brought the West within 120-118 and
James then missed a three-point attempt. Bryant then dribbled between his legs
and canned a jumper from the right wing with 23.3 seconds left to tie the
game.

Iverson missed a shot, but Wade’s follow hit the front of the rim before
falling through.

McGrady missed a jumper at the other end and Kevin Garnett corralled the
offensive rebound. Bryant then had the ball stripped by Rasheed Wallace, one
of four Pistons to play in the game. Wallace passed ahead to Iverson, who
tried to give the crowd a last-second highlight. Iverson’s pass off the
backboard set up Vince Carter, but his slam attempt caromed off the rim as
time expired.

Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton
represented the Pistons. Billups had 15 points.

Shaquille O’Neal tallied 17 points and nine rebounds, while Iverson ended with
12 points. However, the West dominated the glass, winning the rebounding
battle, 68-49.

Elton Brand had 12 points and Dirk Nowitzki, Saturday night’s three-point
shootout winner, had 10. Paul Gasol had 12 boards.

Bryant was limited to eight points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

The West used a 42-point second quarter to bolt to a 70-53 halftime lead
behind 17 points from McGrady. The lead reached 74-53 following another
McGrady basket early in the third, but the East closed that gap to 87-81 later
in the period and was within 97-94 going into the fourth.

The East went back in front 99-97 on a Rasheed Wallace basket. The East built
a 10-point lead at 117-107 on a James basket with nearly four minutes left
before a West rally.

Game Notes

The teams combined to shoot 10-of-47 from three-point range, with the West
going 4-of-26…Ray Allen missed all seven of his three-point attempts for the
West…James was 12-of-21 from the field, including 4-of-10 on three-pointers.

EAST WEST