The 2015 NBA All-Star game was the high-flying offensive showcase we all expected. There was no defense to be played, but that was perfectly okay with the spectators at the Garden, and the millions of fans who watched on television.
The first half showcased an impressive performance from Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who led all players with a whopping 27 points. But the story of the first half had to be the other Thunder All-Star, Kevin Durant being scoreless at the half. Many people thought the forward didn’t deserve to make the reserves after missing a majority of games from the first half of the season. Personally, I didn’t think he deserved to be named an All-Star this season, but so be it.
The second half continued the up-tempo offense theme. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the score was tied at 122 (a key reminder as to how much defense was played). But the game stayed close as both teams kept switching leads. The East were led by LeBron James who finished the game with 30 points. And the West looked for Westbrook to continue his hot start into the final moments in this game.
February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0) shoots the basketball against Eastern Conference guardJimmy Butler
of the Chicago Bulls (21) during the second quarter of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The record for most points ever scored in an NBA All-Star game. The final score was 163-158 as the West prevailed on the final day of NBA All-Star weekend.
Russell Westbrook was named the 2015 Kia NBA All-Star game Most Valuable Player. He finished with 41 points on 16/28 shooting and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. James Harden of the Houston Rockets also chipped in with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
The NBA All-Star game capped off a successful NBA All-Star Weekend at the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden. Now that the relaxed feel of the weekend is over, we return to the final games of this NBA regular season, which looks to be as exciting as this All-Star game was.