Durant Shines, West Is Best in NBAs All-Star Contest; West 143, East 138; Thunder Standout Scores Game-High 30 Points

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HOUSTON Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the scoring and Chris Paul added 20 points and 15 assists to lead the West to a 143- 138 victory over the East in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night.

Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, also had six rebounds.

Paul, of the Los Angles Clippers, was named the games most valuable player.

New Yorks Carmello Anthony scored 26 points to pace the East.

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Bill Russell would have bypassed racist St. Louis Michael Jordan wonders if he could have won nine titles. Bill Russell, under different circumstances, couldve ended up winning none.

Two of basketballs greatest champions discussed those aspects of their careers for programs that will air today on NBA TV.

Jordan talks about what could have happened had the Chicago Bulls stayed together. He retired again and Phil Jackson didnt return after they won their sixth title in 1998.

We have to live the rest of our lives with this idea of, wow we could have won seven, or we could have won eight, or we could have won nine, said Jordan, who turned 50 on Sunday. We could have done all that.

Russell did all that and more, winning an NBA-record 11 championships with the Boston Celtics. But he says that he never even would have been an NBA player if he was picked to play elsewhere. …