NBA All-Star Weekend Takes Place

Posted on March 31, 2017 by

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NBA All-Star Weekend took place 17-19 February 2017 in New Orleans, culminating in the 66th NBA All-Star Game. The entire weekend was comprised of the Rising Stars Challenge, Celebrity Game, Three-Point and Slam Dunk Contests, and ultimately the All-Star Game.

The Rising Stars Challenge is an exhibition for the top first and second year players in the NBA, pitting a team of American players against top international talent. Team World won 150-141, with Canadian Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets winning MVP. Murray scored 36 points and had 11 assists.

Team West won the Celebrity Game 88-59. Notable participants for both teams included businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, actor/rapper Nick Cannon, and musician Andy Grammer.

The Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon won the Three-Point Contest, beating Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a tiebreaker round. Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets also reached the final round.

Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers won the Slam Dunk competition with a final round score of 94 (out of a possible 100). The Phoenix Suns’ Derrick Jones Jr. finished second, the LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan finished third, and Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic was fourth.

The 66th NBA All-Star Game was also the highest scoring all-star game in history, with the Western Conference defeating the Eastern Conference 192-182. Anthony Davis of host New Orleans Pelicans won MVP after scoring a game record 52 points. Eight players scored at least 20 points, with Davis, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook all having at least 30.

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