BY: PATRICK PHAM
There’s no doubt this NBA All-Star weekend was exciting. From its fashion show to the celebrity game to the dunk contest, it was more than jaw-dropping. There was Little League pitcher from Philadelphia, Mo’ne having her moment against comedian, Kevin Hart, but it was still Hart who won MVP even though his team lost the game, 59-51. Minnesota forward, Andrew Wiggins who also won MVP led the World Team against the U.S. on a 121-112 win on Friday. Orlando guard, Victor Oladipo and Minnesota guard, Zach Lavine both finished with 22 points for team U.S.
On Saturday, J. R. Smith won the NBA’s first fashion in style and possibly winning the heart of a model. Then it was Team Bosh: Miami Heat forward, Chris Bosh, legend, Dominique Wilkins, and forward of WNBA, Swin Cash who became three-time champs in the Shooting Stars competition. Houston guard, Patrick Beverley won the Skills competition after his opponents couldn't get the job done.
Then came the three-point contest with possibly the greatest field of shooters to watch. It was still Golden State Warrior, Stephen Curry winning the event knocking down a solid 27 three-pointers in the final round. Cleveland Cavaliers guard, Kyrie Irving only hit 17 three-pointers while Curry’s teammate, Klay Thompson made 10.
In the dunk contest, you had Brooklyn Net forward, Mason Plumlee, the Greek Freak of the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo coming out with women waving a Greek flag and Oladipo singing for the fans. It was still Minnesota guard, Zach Lavine who wowed the crowd along with judges with his high-flying dunks. Lavine showed he can get up there beating Oladipo in the final round.
As for the 64th All-Star game, the Western All-Stars won 163-158. Russell Westbrook won MVP of the game with 41 points, five rebounds and three steals in Madison Square Garden.
Cleveland Cavalier forward, Lebron James started the game off with an alley-oop slam. Then as things started rolling, it was the West who kept knocking shots from downtown like Houston Rocket guard, James Harden, Oklahoma City guard, Russell Westbrook, Portland Trailblazer forward, Lamarcus Aldridge.
At the end of the first half, the Western All Stars were up one, 83-82 as James gave East a little boost. Westbrook was the leading scorer for the West with 27 points while James had 22 for the East.
The halftime show featured Ariana Grande singing her hit singles with a little dose of Nicki Minaj involved.
Throughout the game, Westbrook and James carried both teams. It was even tied at 122 at the end of the third quarter. The three-ball was too much for the Eastern All Stars as the Western All Stars pulled away with the win and bragging rights for the season.