After all the festivities took place on Friday and Saturday night in New Orleans, we were left with one more showing of the world’s biggest basketball stars. We saw a lot of changes to the events on Saturday night, but the main event was still the same.
The Eastern Conference had some exciting starters, but overall the West had the deeper, more talented roster. That showed early, as the West jumped out to a big lead early. They led 89-76 after the first half, and were led by Blake Griffin, who had 18 points in the first half. The 165 combined points in the first half was the most in All-Star Game history. This game was set up to be an historic showing of offensive abilities in the NBA.
The East would start to come back in the second half, though. The game would start to become competitive, and all of the full court outlet passes after possessions started to halt. Kyrie Irving was the conductor of the Eastern Conference train, passing the ball with flash, and he and LeBron James worked well together. The East outscored the West by 10 in the third quarter, and they were nursing a three-point lead heading into the final quarter. The East would still have the momentum in the fourth, but like it always does, the game competitive in the final minutes.
Kyrie Irving razzled and dazzled into the lane and laid the ball in to seal the win. Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin had 38 points each, Chris Paul had 11 points and 13 assists for the West. Paul George had 18 points, LeBron James had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Carmelo Anthony set an All-Star Game record with 8 three-pointers and had 30 points for the East.
Kyrie Irving won the MVP, and it was well deserved. He had 31 points, 14 assists, and 5 rebounds on the night, and was the best player on the floor during the game. Throughout the terrible season that the Cavaliers have had, Irving has looked mediocre at times, but he reminded us all that he has an extreme amount of talent. Irving led the East to a 163-155 win, snapping the Western Conference’s three-game winning streak in this event. The Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap played 14 minutes, and had 6 points and 3 rebounds.
The final event capped off an amazing few days, and the league had a successful All-Star Weekend.