Posted: Feb 15, 2010 12:26 AM
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - They do everything bigger in Texas, including All-Star game crowds.
Dwyane Wade had 28 points and won MVP honors, and the Eastern Conference edged the West 141-139 in the NBA All-Star game before the largest crowd to watch a basketball game: 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium.
Dallas native Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors make the winning free throws with five seconds left. The West had a chance to win it, but Carmelo Anthony's 3-point attempt came up short.
The largest cheer of the night came earlier, when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones came onto the court to announce the record crowd, which was also the largest in the $1.2 billion building's short history.
They were booing at the end when Wade went to the line and made two free throws with 12.7 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki of the hometown Mavericks tied it with two of his own five seconds later before Bosh put the East on top for the final time.
Wade, the MVP of the 2006 NBA finals when Miami won the title in Dallas, added 11 assists and six rebounds. LeBron James had 25 points. Bosh finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Anthony scored 27 and Nowitzki had 22 for the West.
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