To say Chris Paul was sensational during the 2013 NBA All-Star game is a drastic understatement. The man put on a show, which is what the fans in Houston came to see, but it wasn’t just because of the big stage and all the celebrities present. Paul took home All-Star Game MVP honors with a purpose–to let the league know he’s out to win the regular season MVP award as well.
During Paul’s All-Star Game MVP performance, he scored 20 points while dishing out 15 assists, which makes him the all-time assists-per-game leader in NBA All-Star Game history. That makes those State Farm commercials about he and his pretend twin brother helping others that much more relevant. Paul assisted seven other Western Conference All-Stars in the game, including five to fellow Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.
Paul’s game was incredible, but it was almost expected; no one seemed surprise that he was setting records while showing off in the process. That’s why it’s easy to see now that Paul was making case for the regular season NBA MVP award by outshining LeBron James, who is heavily favored to run away with the honors again this year.
Paul’s numbers weren’t the only part of his game that suggested that; he had nine points in the fourth quarter to help the West hang on for the win and he didn’t turn the ball over in the second half. Of course, he’ll need to have several more games like this in the second half of the season, but Paul is definitely on the right track to at least give James a run for his money.