NBA All-Star Weekend Recap

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When it comes to the month of February, the Super Bowl is considered the biggest sporting event for most. For me, however, NBA All-Star Weekend comes to mind. The eventful weekend took place from February 17-19 in New Orleans, Louisiana this year. For those who do not know, All-Star Weekend features many events that go far beyond just regular basketball.

The Celebrity All-Star Game kicked off the weekend in fashion with some of America’s biggest stars going head to head in a very friendly game of basketball. The East basketball team was coached by Jemele Hill and the West by Michael Smith. This game also featured the return of some big-time ex NBA players like Jason Williams and Baron Davis. Like many years in the past, there were a lot of shenanigans implemented that made this game very funny and entertaining. Jemele Hill’s East squad ended up taking the game by the score of 88-59.

Not long after the Celebrity All-Star Game, the BBVA Rising Stars game was played. This game featured some of the NBA’s young, most promising players in a USA vs World format. There was a lot of exhilarating basketball played, but in the end, the World team ended up taking the game by a score of 150-141. Denver Nugget standout Jamal Murray ended up winning MVP by scoring 36 points in only 20 minutes played!

Friday’s festivities are always entertaining, but don’t really compare to Saturday’s. The first event that took place on Saturday night was the skills challenge. This event puts NBA players on a basketball obstacle course, and whoever completes it first moves onto the next round. As the tournament went on, the final two competitors left were Gordon Hayward and Kristaps Porzingis. The championship round came down to the final 3-point shot, which was hit by Porzingis giving him the win.

After the Skills challenge came the 3-point contest. The front runner, Klay Thompson, was knocked out after the first round with a score of 18. At the end of the competition, Houston Rockets sixth many Eric Gordon ended up beating Kyrie Irving in overtime to take first place.

The dunk contest was up next. Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon was heavily favored going in because of the way he performed in 2016’s dunk contest. The other three contestants were DeAndre Jordan from the Clippers, Derrick Jones Jr. from the Suns, and Glenn Robinson III from the Pacers. Each of the contestants had spectacular dunks, but in the end, it was Glenn Robinson who took the show home by jumping over three people and then throwing down a monster jam!

The NBA’s best players then put on a show for the New Orleans crowd with many jaw dropping moments that Sunday night. The West ended up winning 192-180 over the East. New Orleans Pelicans Forward/Center Anthony Davis made history by scoring 52 points. Not only did he win All-Star Game MVP because of his output, but he also broke Wilt Chamberlain’s single game record for most points ever scored in an NBA All- Star game!

 

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NBA All-Star Weekend Recap