NBA All-Star 2016: Russell Westbrook Named MVP for 2nd Year In Row

Russell Westbrook goes back-to-back. (USATSI)
Russell Westbrook goes back-to-back. (USATSI)

For the second straight year, Russell Westbrook took home NBA All-Star Game MVP honors as the Western Conference logged a record-setting 196-173 win over the East on Sunday.

In an edition that toppled last year’s mark for total points, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard poured in a team-high 31 points and filled the rest of the stat sheet with eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in 22 minutes.

Westbrook told ESPN’s Sage Steele after the game that he was surprised to win the award.

“I was honestly surprised I won it again,” Westbrook said. “I was very surprised to have my name called. I’m happy and blessed to be in the game again and for the opportunity.”

Westbrook garnered six of a possible 12 MVP votes, with Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant — playing in his 18th and final All-Star Game — each taking two. Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry each earned one. All Westbrook’s votes came from media voters, while both of Bryant’s votes originated from the Twitter fan vote, of which there were three.

George scored a game-high 41 points, including burying nine 3-pointers, and fell two points shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star record of 42 points.

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