Had Chris Paul not scored at all, had he not finished drives and swished 3s and capped it all by crossing over Joakim Noah to nail a game-clinching 3-pointer, he still might have dominated the game. At a time the point guard position has been overstuffed with talent and redefined, Paul made old school new again.
Paul so masterfully controlled the game, he might have been able to come and go without scoring and won the MVP anyway.
That might have a been a tad out beyond his playmaking wizardry, especially with Western Conference teammate Kevin Durant scoring 30 points including a series of fourth-quarter slams as the West put the game away. But from the opening minute, Paul maneuvered through the Eastern Conference All Stars, setting up slams a easily as a dunk contest partner to lead the West to a 143-138 win on Sunday and to win the MVP.