TORONTO — This was so botched, we had to laugh. The 2016 NBA All-Star Game wasn’t that different from year’s past; except, both conferences beat the previous high (163) for points scored in a game by at least double digits after the West won walking away Sunday night, 196-173. The annual exhibition has turned into even more of a farce these days, with a never-ending cycle of wide-open triples and increasingly haphazard alley-oops that — when combined with a defense-less vacuum of the exhibition — in no way resembles the game of basketball. Despite all this, there was one amazing moment Sunday night, and it came with under 5 seconds remaining. There was only one problem: The primary TNT camera missed it and anyone watching at home missed it as well.
Here’s how it happened.
With 1:06 remaining, Kobe was subbed out of the game by Gregg Popovich and the rest of the team made sure the crowd commemorated the man of the hour.
Then, with under 10 seconds remaining, the TNT camera was trained on a laughing Kobe Bryant as Steph Curry dribbled with the ball a few steps inside the half-court line.