2014 NBA All-Star Game: Top 15 Performances From East’s 163-155 Win
2014 NBA All-Star Game: Top 15 Performances
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game didn’t feature much defense until the final six minutes of the game, as is to be expected from this type of showcase event. As a result, though, the league’s best came out in New Orleans and put on a masterful offensive display that ended up breaking numerous All-Star Game records on the way to the Eastern Conference’s 163-155 victory over the Western Conference.
Nine game records fell on Sunday night in New Orleans. The game records that were set include total points (318), team points (163), total field goals made (135), team field goals made (70), total three-pointers made (30), team three-pointers made (16), total three-point attempts (100), team three-point attempts (56), and total assists (88).
The contest wasn’t without individual performances to remember, though, with two individual player records being set on Sunday night. Carmelo Anthony set the record for most three-pointers made by a single player, knocking down eight triples for the East. Blake Griffin also set the record for most field goals made with 19 and came up just four points shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s 42-point All-Star Game record.
Kyrie Irving took home the game’s MVP honors for a great performance of his own, but he was hardly alone as several players came out on the big stage in the Big Easy and put on a show. That’s really what this game is all about: putting on a show for the fans. In that light, these were the top 15 performers from Sunday night’s All-Star Game.
15. Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade’s status to even play in this game was uncertain, but as he decided to take the floor, he was still playing on an apparent minutes-restriction. Playing only 12 minutes as a starter, the guard still managed to put up 10 points, three assists and two steals on 5-6 shooting, but he wasn’t much of a showman on Sunday and rarely saw the floor, landing him relatively low in the rankings.
14. James Harden
We all know by now that James Harden has the ability to take over a game at any moment, but he didn’t necessarily show off that ability on Sunday. Kobe Bryant’s replacement as a starter put up just eight points and five assists on 3-7 shooting from the floor and 2-6 shooting from three in 24 minutes of action. He might’ve been higher had he also not fumbled the ball in key moments down the stretch. All things considered, Harden wasn’t as impressive as we know he can be.
13. Joakim Noah
The king of hustle, Joakim Noah played 21 minutes off of the bench and was quite productive due to his energy and savvy. He finished the night with eight points, five boards, five assists and a thievery while hitting four of his five shot attempts. With a couple of powerful dunks to his credit, Noah wasn’t a top performer, but was hardly unimpressive either.
12. Dwight Howard
Limited to only 13 minutes of action on Sunday, Dwight Howard finished the night with only eight points, but still managed to pick up 11 boards and three assists on the evening. Howard seemed happy just to be in New Orleans and enjoying his time there. You can’t fault him for that, but he’s definitely capable of more than he showed.
11. Kevin Love
Kevin Love played 33 minutes as a starter for the West and put up 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists while shooting 5-11 from the field. His 2-7 shooting from three and 1-4 shooting from the charity stripe weren’t pretty, but a couple of nice moves and beautiful outlet passes coupled with his numbers earn him some respect.
10. John Wall
First-time All-Star John Wall had a couple of “wow” moments to his name, most notably crossing several West players up en route to a finish or a dime. Overall, he finished with 12 points, four assists, five rebounds and two steals on 5-7 shooting in just 15 minutes. Had he been on the floor more, Wall could’ve landed much higher on this particular list.
9. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis played only 10 minutes in his first All-Star Game, but he made sure to put on a show for his home crowd when he was on the floor. The Brow put up 10 points, a rebound, and two assists in his time on the floor, all of that highlighted by a couple of pretty nasty jams that got the New Orleans crowd swooning.
8. Chris Paul
Last year’s MVP for the All-Star Game, Chris Paul did a little bit of everything coming off of the bench this year. In 24 minutes he put up 11 points, 13 assists, four rebounds and three steals, though he shot only 4-9 from the floor and 1-4 from three. However, his ability to set up his teammates and allow for pretty plays to develop go to his credit in regards to this list.
7. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry didn’t have the offensive explosion that some expected in his first All-Star appearances as he shot just 4-14 from the floor and 2-11 from three. He finished the night with 12 points, 11 assists, three rebounds and one steal. Moreover, Curry put up a great display of ball-handling on a number of instances and had some nifty dimes for big finishes. Even if his shot wasn’t falling, Curry still was able to make some magic happen.
6. Paul George
Sadly, Paul George didn’t have any 360-windmills for us on Sunday night, but he was still one of the most productive players on the floor. In 33 minutes, he put up 18 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals while shooting 6-13 from the floor, though he did hit only one of his five three-point attempts. The lack of highlight plays—in comparison at least—makes it hard to put George much higher than this, though.
5. LeBron James
In a way that only LeBron James can do, he had an off-night where he shot 0-7 from long-distance, but still managed to put up 22 points, seven assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and a number of monster finishes. The best player in the world wasn’t at his best, but was still able to put on a show and help fans enjoy the show.
4. Carmelo Anthony
On his way to setting the All-Star Game three-point record, Carmelo Anthony had himself quite a night. He finished with 30 points, five boards and two assists while shooting 10-18 from the floor and 8-13 from three. Anthony wasn’t flashy, but he knocked down a number of big shots and, of course, set that record for the All-Star Game which will land you high on this list.
3. Blake Griffin
It’s crazy that Blake Griffin can score 38 points on 19-23 shooting with a plethora of monster dunks and not land in the top-two, but that’s honestly how things played out. Griffin was fantastic in his big scoring night, but added only six rebounds, one assist and two steals in addition to his 38 points. Had he done a bit more elsewhere, he might’ve been higher than third. There’s no disrespect to the big man, though, who had himself a monster evening.
2. Kyrie Irving
The MVP of the All-Star Game, Kyrie Irving was masterful. He finished the game with 31 points, 14 assists and five rebounds while shooting 14-17 from the floor and 3-6 from three (meaning he hit all 11 of his two-point attempts). Irving also seemed to cement himself as the best ball-handler in the league and helped lead the East to victory with his performance in the waning minutes. Despite all of this, though, he only did enough to get to number two.
1. Kevin Durant
Had the West come out on top, Kevin Durant should have been the game’s MVP. He matched Griffin’s 38 points while shooting slightly less efficiently at 14-27 from the floor and 6-17 from three. However, the 10 rebounds and six assists that he added—coming close to a triple-double—made his night all the more special to watch. Durant has been playing like the NBA’s MVP as of late and he didn’t seem to let up on Sunday night. As a result, he was the top performer for the All-Star Game.