Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers helped led the East All-Star team to a 163-155 over the West All-Star team, scoring 24 of those in the second half. The 318 combined points scored set an All-Star game record and the East victory ended the West three-game winning streak. Irving was named the MVP after finishing with 31 points, 14 assists and 5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony, of the New York Knicks, set an All-Star record by making eight 3-pointers, Anthony finished with 30 points and 5 rebounds for the East. LeBron James of the Miami Heat finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the East.
The West led by as many as 18 points in the 3rd quarter; the East outscored the West by 21 points in the second-half. Blake Griffin, of the Los Angeles Clippers, made a All-Star record 19 field goals, finishing with 38 points and 6 rebounds for the West. Griffin scored a All-Star game record nine field goals in the 1st quarter, eight of those coming off dunks. Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 38 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and a team-high six 3-pointers for the West; becoming the first player to score 30 points or more in four straight All-Star games. Chris Paul, of the Clippers, came the bench to score 11 points with a West team-high 13 assists.
The Stars for both teams put on show for the crowd and played more defensive in the fourth quarter. The East was just too strong for the West in the second half.
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game Starters were announced and LeBron James, star player of the Miami Heat, was the leading vote getter. James will be joined in the East front-court, by New York Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony and Indiana Pacers Paul George. In the East back-court, Heat’s Dwyane Wade will be starting with Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving. Heat Stars Wade and James will making their 10th All-Star appearances.
Star player Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was the leading vote getter in the Western Conference. Durant will be joined by Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Wolves star player Kevin Love. In the West back-court, will be Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Kobe will be making his 16th All-Star appearance, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 19 has more All-Star appearances. The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the New Orleans Arena on February 16th and televised on TNT.
This will be Curry, Irving, George and Love first time starting in the All-Star Game; Curry’s first appearance in the ASG. LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers should have replaced Blake Griffin and Houston Rockets Guard James Harden will most likely replace Kobe if he can’t play due to injury. Clippers Guard Chris Paul and Dwight Howard should be named reserves and they won’t be starting in the ASG for the first time in over five years. None of the East starters in their frontcourt can play the Center position.
The East will have speed, while the West will have more size and power. Heat Forward/Center Chris Bosh and Pacers Center Roy Hibbert will most likely make the East roster as reserves and give the East much needed size. The Reserves will be announced on January 30th and the Heat will most likely have the most players represented in the ASG. The ASG will be different without Kobe playing in it and this years game will feature the upcoming Stars of the NBA.
NBA Rewind: Clippers Beat Thunder, 111-103; Rockets vs. Knicks, 109-106; Warriors Outs Thunder, 116-115
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-103 winning their third game in a row. The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin double-double, 22 points and 12 rebounds, he also had 7 assists. Star Player Chris Paul had a double-double with 14 points and 16 assists for the Clippers. Paul has recorded 10 points and 10 assists in his first nine games and becoming the first player in Clippers history to do so.
Star player Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. All-Star Russell Westbrook recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists for the Thunder. The Thunder took a huge lost when Serge Ibaka was rejected in the second quarter after a altercation with Matt Barnes. Barnes was also rejected. Ibaka is the Thunder best shot blocker and rebounder. He was a perfect 6 out of 6 field goals before the ejection. The Clippers improved to 6-3 and the Thunder are 5-2 – the Clippers are leading their division.
The Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 109-106 for their eighth straight victory against the Knicks. Star player James Harden led the Rockets with 36 point, 9 rebounds and made a season high 16 out of 18 free throws. The Knicks held All-Star Dwight Howard to a season low 7 points. Howard grabbed 15 rebounds and recorded 4 block shots. Knicks Star Player Carmelo Anthony had a spectacular game with a season high 45 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Harden made the game winning free throws after Anthony made two free throws to bring the Knicks within 107-106. The Rockets improve to 6-4 and the Knicks drop to a disappointing 3-5.
Andre Iguodala made the game winning fade away as time expired to give The Golden State Warriors a 116-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points and his back court teammate and Star player Stephen Curry had 22 points and 9 assists. They combined to make an impressive 10 out 17 three pointers, Iguodala finished with 14 points and 9 assists for the Warriors. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and his 3 pointer gave the Thunder the lead with 2.3 seconds remaining. The Thunder have lost two games in a row and have a 5-3 record and the Warriors improve to a 6-3 record.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The Orlando Magic shocked the Los Angeles Clippers with a 98-90 home win. Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 21 rebounds for the Magic, his second career 30/20 game. The Magic had 5 players in double figures and their bench outscored the Clippers bench 34 to 16. The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin 23 points a team high. He also had 13 rebounds and star player Chris Paul recorded a double-double with 18 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds.
The Magic improve to 3-2 and the Clippers are now 3-2 also. The Magic have won three in a row after starting the season 0-2. The Magic are one of the youngest teams in the league. They have plenty of depth and will be a deeper team once Forwards Tobias Harris and Glen “Big Baby” Davis returns. If the Magic can stay healthy, they have a bright future and could be in the playoff race this season.
The Indiana Pacers defeated the Chicago Bulls 97-80 and improve to 5-0 their best start in NBA history. The Pacers were led by All-Star Paul George 21 points, and David West had double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Roy Hibbert had a impressive 5 block shots and the Pacers had 5 players in double-figures. Bulls star Derrick Rose and All-Star Luol Deng led the Bulls with 17 points each and they combined to shoot a horrible 12-33 from the field.
Rose has started the season slow returning from injury. Rose has yet to shoot over 40% from the field and score more than 18 points this season. The Pacers look better defensively and have a deeper bench this season. The Pacers are looking like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference so far this year. Although, the Pacers did lose to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, once former All-Star Danny Granger returns, they can become even better.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The NBA has released its line-up for this year’s All-Star slam dunk contest and a few changes as to how the winner will be selected. In previous years, the contest consisted of two rounds of dunks with a panel of judges voting on the first round and the fans on the second. Well this year there will be only one round with each contestant executing three dunks and who wins will be left totally up to the fans. So if you’re a fan, be sure to tune in get your vote in via NBA.com, Twitter or through text messaging. Here’s the line-up (unfortunately defending champ Blake Griffin will not be returning)….
Iman Shumpert (New York Knicks)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets)
The slam dunk contest will take place on February 25th during the league’s ‘All-Star Saturday Night’ which begins at 8:00pm EST.