The NBA All Star Game is always wildly entertaining. Whether it’s the incredible array of dunks or the flashy passing, there never seems to be a dull moment.
This year was no different as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was named the game’s MVP as the East topped the West 163-155. However, the main takeaway from tonight was the shear amount of record-setting performances that were on display.
For starters, just check that score. All Star contests are known for their lack of defense, but the East’s 163 points was an all-time record by any team.
Both team’s combined for a game-record 30 made three-point field goals, but that probably happened due to a jaw-dropping 100 three-point shots that these All-Star players hoisted up.
A couple of impressive individual performances highlighted the night as well. Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant tied for the game highs with 38 points, but it was Griffin who stole the show. The Los Angeles Clipper put on a highlight reel of dunks, en route to 19 made field goals. No All-Star has ever made that many in one game.
Finally, there was the New York Knicks‘ Carmelo Anthony. He finished with a very productive 30-point outing that included eight three-pointers. Anthony toppled the previous All Star Game record of six.
Overall, tonight’s affair was a nice way to end the weekend after the very forgettable dunk contest the night before.
Now, it’s time to get serious as players return to their respective teams as the race to the playoffs begins.