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In his first time as an All-Star starter, Love posted 13 points & 9 rebounds in just under 33 minutes of action.
Compared to some of his All-Star peers, Love's performance was underwhelming.
It's no secret that the All-Star game is all about 30-foot three-pointers, eye popping dunks and beautifully orchestrated alley-oops. It leaves little appreciation for players like Love & Nowitzki and even Tony Parker. It's all about players with athleticism and that's not something Love possesses in mass quantities--especially compared to one of his rival power forwards: Blake Griffin.
We all knew Kevin Durant would go off for some insane point total and if the West won for a fourth-straight time he'd probably walk away with the MVP hardware.
I think we all were a bit surprised that Griffin matched Durant in points (each scoring 38). With Durant & Griffin scoring 38 points in tonight's All-Star game they are now tied for 4th in scoring in an All-Star game. Wilt Chamberlain still holds the record from the 1960s with 42 points scored. They also became the highest scoring duo of all-time in All-Star game history.
That wasn't the only records broken/set at tonight's All-Star game, here's the rest courtesy of a graphic from @cjzero...
In addition to 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-7 3PT, 1-4 FT) & 9 rebounds, Love also added 2 assists and 1 steal.
Despite 76 combined points from Blake & KD and the West holding an 18 point lead at one point, the East rallied behind a three-point barrage from Carmelo Anthony & some incredible play from 21-year-old Kyrie Irving. They erased the deficit and clamped down on Durant late in this one to secure the victory.
Players on the winning team receive $50,000 each and players on the losing team each get $25,000.
You can find a full box score and some highlights here.
I've got to admit, I'm one fan who doesn't enjoy anything about All-Star Weekend. I don't care about D-League 'All-Stars'. I refuse to watch Kevin Hart act like an idiot in the Celebrity "All-Star" Game and regardless of his performance he always wins MVP (I know he gave it to Arne Duncan this season). I'm not a fan of the All-Star Game or the Rising Stars Challenge--glorified pickup games that have gotten so ridiculous, they're setting all kinds of offensive records year after year because there's less and less defense each game. I was once a fan of the three-point & dunk contests, but they continue to change the formats and they're some of the most ridiculous rules each year! They also picked the worst commentator to sit courtside for each segment (Reggie Miller). I also don't enjoy having to sit through and hour of intros by rappers who pretend as though they can sing! I will admit, I did enjoy the halftime show and the woman who sang the Canadian National Anthem. I also didn't understand why there was an interview with Barack Obama. Instead of asking the president basketball questions, why not take all these incredible legends and Hall-of-Famers that were in New Orleans this weekend (Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Karl Malone, Bill Russell, etc.) and sit them down for a roundtable discussion about their thoughts on today's NBA and its players. I'd take an hour-and-a-half of that over Pharrell Williams squealing into a microphone 100 times out of 100. Hopefully new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will take some time and come up with some new ideas to bring new life to All-Star Weekend. Either that, or just scrap it entirely (still give the players recognition for the best of each conference) and give everyone the week off.
I apologize for the rant, but it's just frustrating, because there's so much potential with All-Star Weekend and year after year it's disappointment.
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