Summary: Highlights from Sunday’s All Star basketball game in New York.
It was the first time the NBA All Star game was hosted in New York since 1998, a rare occurrence for the league which typically prefers to keep it’s events in the warm South and West. Tons of celebrities and basketball lovers alike turned out at Madison Square Gardens for the event none the less, many of them opting to bundle up in the face of the blizzards and freezing temperatures currently hitting the city.
It was all about the stars that night both on and off the court with Russell Westbrook taking home the title of All Star MVP after scoring an incredible 41 points during the game. He was just one point shy of matching the All Star record of 42 points in the game, currently held by Wilt Chamberlain. The game as a whole however smashed the previous record for points scored with the Western Conference beating the East 163-158 in the highest scoring All Star game of all time. The combined 321 points surpassed the 318 scored last season, and the 48 3-pointers smashed last year’s record of 30.
Other on court stars included Lebron James who scored 30 points and James Harden who scored 29 points while giving 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Kyle Korver scored seven 3-pointers for the East, while Washington’s John Wall scored 19.
As for the stars off the court, Christina Aguilera kicked off the show with the Rockettes by singing some New York inspired tunes while Queen Latifah sang the national anthem. During the national anthem past president Bill Clinton was shown in the audience on screens which caused the crowd to erupt in applause. Ariana Grande gave a stellar half time performance while the crowd included other famous singers such as Beyonce and Jay Z, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill, Rihanna and others.