The NBA’s 2014 All-Star game was won by the Eastern Conference in a very high scoring affair that set records. The defense-lite game ended in a comeback win for the Eastern Conference, who won 163-155. Kyrie Irving took home the All-Star MVP award after scoring 31 points and 14 assists. Even though the Eastern Conference is mostly having a disappointing year as a group of teams, its stars were able to pull out a victory. New Orleans played host to this years All-Star game.
The Eastern Conference was down by as many as 18 points during the third quarter of the All-Star game, but the talented group of players stormed back. After Kevin Durant hit a crucial three-point shot to give the West the lead with nearly two minutes left, they were unable to score another point after that. The East finished off the game by going on a 10-0 run to defeat the Western Conference.
The combined scoring of the Eastern and Western Conferences made the 2014 NBA All Star Game the highest scoring one yet, and the East ended its losing streak of three straight losses by winning. There was a total score of 318 points, which broke the previous record set in the 1987 All-Star Game of 303 points. Lebron was relieved that he helped end the losing streak and expressed that the team “wanted it.”
Irving, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly told Shaq that he desperately wanted to be the All-Star MVP earlier in the week, so he apparently had his dream come true. But Kyrie Irving’s impressive performance was far from the only great performance on the court tonight.
The most impressive feat of the night belonged to Carmelo Anthony’s amazing eight-straight three pointers. This set an All-Star record, and the New York Knicks star finished with 30 points.
Western Conference starter Blake Griffin had an amazing All-Star performance as he represented his team. The Los Angeles Clippers’ big man scored 38 points on the court. Griffin’s teammate, Chris Paul, also had a big night on the court, and he finished with 11 points and 13 assists. Rising star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors had a good game for the Western Conference by scoring 12 points.
Superstar Kevin Durant went off on the floor tonight, which reminded everybody that he is currently the NBA’s top scorer. The MVP hopeful also scored 38 points to tie Blake Griffin for the most points scored in this year’s All Star Game. Wilt Chamberlain still holds the record in points scored in one All-Star Game with 42.
The big three of the Miami Heat were fully representing the Eastern Conference and their respective team. Lebron James finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds, Dwayne Wade returned from an injury to score 10 points, and Chris Bosh finished with five points. The big three from the defending championship team are no strangers to the All-Star Game. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade have both attended 10 games in their career, while Bosh went to his ninth.
The 2014 NBA All-Star game proved once again to be an entertaining talent show of offensive prowess, and the Eastern Conference won the popular event even though its teams are mostly having down years. There were plenty of highlights to be found, such as Carmelo’s three-point extravaganza and Kevin Durant scoring 38 points, which made this year’s game very entertaining.
By Glen Parris