Grades: Rising Stars | Celebrity | Skills | 3s | Dunk
EASTERN CONFERENCE: STARTERS
Kyle Lowry, Raptors | Grade: B-
Stats: 14 PTS (4-12) | 5 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK
Analysis: Playing host, Lowry was generous, as he set up his teammates and handed out a team-high 10 assists. Of his 13 shot attempts, 12 came from beyond the arc. Lowry had a game-high six turnovers.
Stats: 8 PTS (4-7) | 4 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: The veteran Wade was content to set up younger teammates for dunks. He completed an alley-oop to George from nearly half court and tried to set James up with a bounce pass for a dunk, but that went awry. Later, the former Heat teammates connected for a James finish reminiscent of their time together in Miami.
Stats: 13 PTS (6-11) | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK
Analysis: It was a quiet night for Melo, who attempted just 11 shots in 23 minutes. As the East’s designated center in a tiny starting five, Anthony led the starters with six boards.
Stats: 13 PTS (6-13) | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: By James’ lofty standards, his 13-point, seven-assist effort was relatively disappointing. James missed four of his five tries beyond the arc and committed four turnovers. His most notable play was a pass off the backboard to set Drummond up for a dunk. Nonetheless, James managed to edge past Kobe Bryant to become the leading scorer in All-Star play.
Stats: 41 PTS (16-26) | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Only double-teams without the ball could deny the red hot George his opportunity to surpass Wilt Chamberlain‘s five-decade-old All-Star record of 42 points. The Pacers forward had scored 41 with 1:34 to play, but he missed his only shot attempt thereafter. Even so, he set a record with nine 3-pointers in 19 attempts.
EASTERN CONFERENCE: RESERVES
Stats: 16 PTS (8-11) | 13 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Drummond’s leaping ability made him an ideal target for frequent alley-oops. He also set himself up with five offensive rebounds out of a game-high 13, including a tip dunk.
Stats: 18 PTS (9-15) | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: The home favorite showed how he found his way back to the All-Star Game by relentlessly attacking the basket for dunks, including three in his first five minutes of action. DeRozan added a windmill dunk in transition, a half-court alley-oop from teammate Kyle Lowry and an impressive and-1.
Stats: 3 PTS (1-6) | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: A forgettable performance for Millsap saw him miss five of his six shot attempts, including an airball on a jumper from the elbow.
Stats: 7 PTS (3-3) | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Called away from a vacation to replace Chris Bosh when the Heat’s big man withdrew from action on Friday due to a calf injury, Horford played a game-low nine minutes. He delivered a few memorable plays, including beating the third-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer and leading the break before finding DeRozan for a dunk. *Replaced injured Heat F Chris Bosh
John Wall, Wizards | Grade: A-
Stats: 22 PTS (10-14) | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Typically an elite distributor, Wall was more of a scorer on this night because the West defense couldn’t keep him away from the basket. Wall went coast-to-coast for a left-handed flush and scored 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, despite missing a dunk. His most impressive play of the night didn’t count: After a foul, Wall threw in an underhand shot from beyond the arc.
Stats: 9 PTS (4-11) | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Playing mostly with fellow point guard John Wall, Thomas had to share playmaking duties and handed out just one assist. He shot 4-of-11 from the field, though he delivered one highlight when he darted in front of Kobe Bryant to take away a jump ball and scored on the play.
Pau Gasol, Bulls* | Grade: C+
Stats: 9 PTS (3-7) | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: The most memorable moments of Gasol’s night came when he and former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant went one-on-one in the post. Both players missed turnarounds against each other. *Replaced injured Bulls SG Jimmy Butler
WESTERN CONFERENCE: STARTERS
Stats: 26 PTS (10-18) | 5 REB | 6 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: The league’s reigning top player got the final highlight of All-Star Weekend by obliging the fans’ demands that he shoot instead of running out the clock by knocking down a triple from just inside half-court. Although he never seemed to take over the game, Curry finished with 26 points, six assists — one of them behind the back to Kawhi Leonard for a 3 — five boards and four steals. He made six 3-pointers in 13 tries.
Stats: 31 PTS (12-23) | 8 REB | 5 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Although not quite as dominant as he was last year, Westbrook managed to repeat as MVP with an impressive all-around performance. He started off by getting to the basket for a tomahawk dunk and a two-hand dunk that saw him do a pullup on the rim, then he moved his game outside with four of his seven triples in a hot spurt in the third quarter. Westbrook added a team-high eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to his 31 points.
Kobe Bryant, Lakers | Grade: Incomplete
Stats: 10 PTS (4-11) | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: The notion that Bryant would win MVP in his All-Star farewell didn’t come to fruition. He shot 4-of-11, worst of the West starters. There were, however, glimpses of the game that once made Bryant the leading scorer in All-Star history. He knocked down a couple fadeaways, including one over Anthony, and made a 3 after faking Drummond out of position. Yet Bryant also airballed his attempt to repeat his hook shot from the 2000 All-Star Game and missed when he was isolated one-on-one against James. Ultimately, this night was more about the standing ovation Bryant received when he left the game for the final time than anything he did on the court.
Stats: 23 PTS (11-18) | 5 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Although he was unable to find the range from beyond the arc — he missed seven of eight 3-point attempts — Durant still put up 23 points, thanks to his perfect 10-of-10 shooting on 2-pointers. He also handed out seven assists.
Stats: 17 PTS (8-15) | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Early on in his All-Star debut, Leonard seemed quite content to play his usual brand of regular-season basketball by shooting midrange 2s and moving the ball. But he eventually delivered some flashier plays, including a tip dunk off a long Curry miss. Leonard, who is shooting 48 percent from downtown this season, was 1-of-6 on 3s in this game.
WESTERN CONFERENCE: RESERVES
Stats: 4 PTS (2-6) | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: All-Star competition isn’t really well-suited to Green’s versatile skill set, particularly considering he rarely got to handle the basketball. Green gets docked points for fouling Gasol on a pump fake from beyond the arc.
Stats: 9 PTS (3-11) | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Apparently, Thompson used up all his long-distance makes in winning Saturday’s 3-Point Contest. He took 10 of his 11 shots in Sunday’s game beyond the arc but made just three of them.
Stats: 23 PTS (8-14) | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: The Beard traded his usual regimen of 3s and free throws for just 3s in this game, and he took 12 of his 14 attempts beyond the arc. (He did not draw a free throw.) Harden made seven triples, including an impressive stepback attempt, to account for 21 of his 23 points.
Chris Paul, Clippers | Grade: A-
Stats: 14 PTS (5-7) | 4 REB | 16 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: It’s too bad State Farm ended the “Cliff Paul” promotion because this Paul spent his entire evening in search of assists. Paul handed out 16 in 19 minutes and could have threatened Magic Johnson’s All-Star record of 22, had he seen more action. Paul even passed up multiple open layups in favor of finding teammates, though he was willing to shoot six 3s and made four of them.
Stats: 24 PTS (12-13) | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Had he played longer, Davis could easily have been MVP. He nearly made a shot a minute, as he went 12-of-13 from the field in his 13 minutes of action. He also added six boards.
Stats: 11 PTS (5-5) | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Boogie’s 12 minutes tied for the fewest of any West player, but he made the most of them by scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds. Cousins made all five of his shot attempts, highlighted by a straightaway 3 and a play on which he dribbled from midcourt for a dunk. If only Cousins had been so versatile in Saturday night’s Skills Challenge competition.
Stats: 4 PTS (2-8) | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK
Analysis: Aldridge’s subtle game has never been the best fit for All-Star action, and he shot a West-worst 2-of-8 from the field, including an early airball. However, Aldridge surely endeared himself to Popovich by playing some defense in stopping Isaiah Thomas at the rim and coming up with an athletic steal.
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