Superstars played like it. Shots were blocked. Treys were drained. History was made. And a star was born. The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend from New York City enjoyed a plethora of memorable moments, but none stood out more to us than these five awesome showings.
1. Zach LaVine bringing back the dunk contest
While assessing LaVine’s winning performance of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, we wrote that “not much needs to be said” – then continued saying for hundreds of words more. But the exhilarating high-wire act of the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie promoted just that type of backwards thinking. No one believed LaVine could top his awe-inspiring first dunk, and there’s an argument to be made that he did just that on his ensuing three slams.
The only question now is if he can do it again next year in Toronto. And while we’re still not sure of that despite but LaVine’s seemingly limitless dunking potential, one thing definitely is: The world will be watching.
2. Russell Westbrook’s All-Star MVP explosion
We always thought the Oklahoma City Thunder’s ultra dynamic and always divisive superstar was tailor-made for All-Star Games, and he proved it on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. After a nearly record-breaking 41-point explosion that was highlighted by three consecutive triples and a head-scraping alley-oop jam, Westbrook was named MVP for leading the West to a 163-158 win over the East.