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As first-time All-Star starter, Irving validates fan vote with 31 points, 14 assists, MVP

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    East Team's Kyrie Irving, of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds the All Star MVP trophy after the NBA All Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in New Orleans.(AP Photo/Bill Haber)The Associated Press

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    East Team's Kyrie Irving, of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks during a news conference with his All Star MVP trophy after the NBA All Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)The Associated Press

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving rewarded NBA fans' judgment and offered a glimpse of how good he can be when surrounded by a good team.

Irving was selected the All-Star game most valuable player Sunday night after scoring 31 points, racking up 14 assists and playing with the energy required to help the Eastern Conference squad overcome an 18-point hole en route to a 163-155 victory.

Irving missed only three of the 17 shots he attempted, and all of those were from 3-point range, where Irving went 3 for 6.

Eastern Conference coach Frank Vogel says Irving's performance is a reminder that while winning is important, players shouldn't be judged too heavily by the records of the teams for which they play.

The Cavaliers are 20-33 at the All-Star break, 11th in the Eastern Conference.