HOUSTON -- It was a sweet moment about friends.
Kevin Durant took the floor with James Harden again for the first time since the Olympics, and he couldn't fight the feeling.
"Playing with him today made me miss him a little bit," Durant said.
It helped a little that the West All-Stars beat the East All-Stars 143-138 Sunday at Toyota Center in Houston, where Harden now plays. He was the Rockets' only All-Star, and for a time it appeared West coach Gregg Popovich was going to give Harden every opportunity to take home the game's MVP honor.
That ended up going to Clippers guard Chris Paul, who had 20 points and 15 assists in 27 minutes, but Harden's first All-Star game qualified as a success nonetheless. He scored 15 points to go with six rebounds and three assists, and his 26 minutes were four more than anybody else on the West's bench.
"I tried to make as many shots as possible," he said. "I couldn't make a layup."
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