Well, that was entertaining. The Eastern Conference made an 18-point deficit look like child’s play as they stormed back to win 163-155. Kyrie Irving was the catalyst in the comeback as he put up 31 points and dished out a monster 14 assists.
For much of the game it was the Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin show. They each scored 38 points and came within a whisker of taking down Wilt Chamberlain’s All Star Game scoring record of 42 points. Griffin in particular stole the show with thunderous dunk after thunderous dunk.
People that were looking for the Durant vs. LeBron James show had to be a little disappointed. While Durant was his normally offensively aggressive self, James played the role of facilitator and didn’t get into the 1 on 1 chess match between the two star wings.
However, offense ruled the day. There was a record number of three-pointers attempted and made. The combined number of points between the Eastern and Western Conference was also a record.
The combined points of Griffin and Durant of 77 was once again a record for a duo. If you were a fan of offense this one certainly did not disappoint. The stars were on display. Of all of them, though, the New Jersey product Irving shined brightest.
He drove and dished his way to the MVP award and an Eastern Conference victory. In a game in which many pegged the Western Conference to win, the East pulled off the major upset in big time comeback fashion.
Thus wraps a bow on another All-Star game. Now for the season’s second half and postseason. The excitement is bound to continue.