The West outdueled the East in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game in New York City over the weekend.
Even with Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis absent, the Western Conference pulled off a win against the East at the end of the record-breaking weekend.
Here is a recap of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend's Events:
Sprint NBA Celebrity All-Star Celebrity Game
Although Kevin Hart won the fan vote of MVP for the fourth year in a row, it was the US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who was the true stand out. The dark horse scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had six assists. The West, assisted by Skylar Diggins and Grizzlies owner, Robert Pera, won the game 57-51.
Chris Bosh’s All-Star team of Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash took home the Shooting Stars win for the third year in a row after Wilkins made a half-court shot in the final minutes of the competition.
Taco Bell® Skills Challenge
The Skills Challenge highlighted Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Knight against Houston Rockets’ point guard, Patrick Beverly. Known for his defensive skills, Beverly impressed fans by hitting each three-point shot in the challenge on the first try.
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who received the most votes during the All-Star team voting this year, won the three-point contest against teammate Klay Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving.
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine was the clear winner of the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest scoring 94 points total with several in-between the legs, mid-air moves.
Proud New York natives Jay Z, Jerry Seinfeld and Ben Stiller were just a few of the many famous faces in the crowd throughout the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend. President Bill Clinton sat front row at the game as Queen Latifah rang in the game with the national anthem.
In the Garden of the NBA Gods
In the highest scoring NBA All-Star Game ever, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook shined, raking in a total of 42 points.
Westbrook was one point shy of tying NBA legend Will Chamberlain’s record of 42 points in the 1962 All-Star Game. However, he did make an NBA All-Star Game record of his own by scoring 27 points before half-time, the highest amount of points ever scored in the first half.
The game was kicked off by Pau Gasol winning the jump ball over his brother, Marc. The two brothers are the only siblings to ever start in an NBA All-Star Game.
James Harden helped outdo the East, placing 29 points up in addition to Westbrook’s nearly legendary performance.
The East put up a good fight, though, with All-Star veteran, LeBron James, notching up 30 points, Atlanta’s Kyle Korver 21 and Washington’s John Wall scoring 19.
With just a little over four minutes left, the teams were tied at 148 points before the Western Conference powered through with a final score of 163-158.
In the best match-up the annual game has seen in years, Madison Square Garden seemed to bring back the magic of the NBA All-Star Weekend. The two conferences’ combined 321 points out did the 318 posted up at last year’s game in New Orleans.
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