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Wow, the All-Star Game was actually good

Feb 14, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT

all star wade.jpgThe NBA got what it wanted — more people than ever watched a basketball  game live, setting a new world’s record in the new Cowboy’s Stadium. Sure, a bunch of the 108,713 people basically watched the game on the world’s largest television, but it’s a really cool television so the record stands. And will stand, at least until the Final Four comes there in a few years.

Those fans also got an entertaining, competitive game. Yes, a competitive All-Star game. One worth watching. Tied several times in the last minute all the way down to five seconds left. The East pulled it out, 141-139.

Dwyane Wade was your MVP, with a game-high 28 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals. Why does he always seem to have his best games when it’s supposed to be Dirk Nowitzki’s night?

This is the rare All-Star Game recap where one can actually write about the game.

The drama got intense with 43 seconds left and the game tied, The West had the ball and the East played a little defense — how often do you see that in an All-Star game — but Chauncey Billups found an open Deron Williams, who passed on the open three and tried to drive, only to be stripped by Wade. Wade then brought it up and was fouled by Williams, who thought his team was behind and he had to foul. Oh, he is going to hear about that from teammates for a while. Wade hit both, East by two.

Out of a timeout, West coach George Karl drew up a play for Nowitzki — the hometown hero and host of the weekend — to take a three to win it. But Dwight Howard came out, so Nowitzki pump faked then drew the foul driving into him. Nowitzki hits both free throws, game timed at 139-139 with 7.7 seconds left.

East coach Stan Van Gundy then drew up a play for LeBron James — who else? — but he was double teamed (again, defense in an All-Star game, Larry Brown was smiling somewhere) and hit Chris Bosh, who was fouled driving to the hoop. He hit two free throws, putting the East up two.

The West’s final play was a Carmelo Anthony isolation three — he had been the guy on the West trying to take charge of the game all night — but LeBron was focused and up in his face, and Anthony missed and that was the ball game.

Early in the second half it looked like the East might pull away, as they started the third quarter the East started out on a 14-5 run and we finally got the Dwight Howard, LeBron dunk off everybody had wished they had watched on Saturday. LeBron had four reverse dunks by my count (not an officially kept NBA stat — but it should be) .

The West actually made it close again, thanks to a bench lineup of Billups, Pau Gasol, Kevin Durant, Williams and Zach Randolph. Game was tied with 6:30 left to play when that group was done.

Then the end of the game became the Summer 2010 Free Agent Showcase — James, Wade and Chris Bosh took charge.

  1. Chris B - Feb 15, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    I bet if Kobe was there he would’ve made the 3 pointer to win the game.

  2. LeQueen - Feb 15, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    KoBE DoES nOt BeloNG In tHE SaME sEnTAnCE As LeBrOn. LBJ RuLEs

  3. Dave - Feb 15, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Is a “sentance” something like a sentence?

  4. canman - Feb 15, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    rofl you just put kobe in a sentence with lbj

  5. Bizzle - Feb 15, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Stop posting here, LeBron.

  6. Im not famous - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    You know he’s right with all those championships, maybe Kobe doesnt belong in the same “sentance” as LeBron

  7. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 15, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    I was also about to say the same thing: Kobe prolly would have made that three. Indeed, it was a great game. Of course, I was rooting for the West. But man, that was ONE GREAT GAME! Props to both teams for giving the fans a real competitive game.
    @LeQueen: I remember people say Kobe has yet to prove himself by getting a ring WITHOUT Shaq. Mission accomplished. Guess what? LeBron doesn’t have a ring yet, and IF and when he does this year… he’s getting a ring WITH Shaq. LOL!!!

  8. geo1951 - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Despite the fact that there are still Kobe haters like the “Queen” person who posted here, and despite that fact that Lebron is a great player, Kobe is the best player in the world. If you don’t want to believe this just take the fan’s word for it. Last night Kobe got the loudest cheers of all the players, including Lebron. By far. It was obvious and almost awkward. The world knows the truth. Maybe, if Lebron wins some rings, in a few years he’ll be the best player in world. Espcially after Kobe retires. He is a phenom and just needs to get over himself and play.

  9. nivlem - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    I cannot understand why all writers seem to stay in denial about the NBAs’, D-Wade. He performs at a level second to none and just as the article reveals writers talk about LaBron or Carmello. D-Wade had 7 dunks not 4 like LaBron plus he out scored everyone, out assisted everyone and more. Yet the article compares him to Dirk, and continues as other do to not expand on D-Wades talant and contibution to Olympics where he shined, MVP in the championship, leading NBA scorer etc.. I see him as the person that the rest have to match up to and that includes Labron whom I truly think is awsome, and Carmello. This article gives the impression that Labron was in Carmellos’ face when he missed the final shot but it was D-Wade. Quit being in denial and recognize this true super-super star.

  10. Ray - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Shaq got his ring immediately when he left LA with DWade.. How long did it take for Kobe to get his?… hmm a few years to rebuild his team. He wanted to be “like Mike” & couldn’t do it with role players so he needed another All Star like Gasol inwhich Gasol was an All Star before LA. Jordan made his players All Stars! Good day! lol

  11. Lakerfan - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Jordan made his players all stars? LOL! Yeah, that’s why they won 50+ games without him. Jordan’s supporting cast is severely underrated.

  12. Lakerfan - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    and, I’m sure Jordan would have made starters like Smush Parker, Luke Walton and Kwame Brown all-stars.. Jordan loves Kwame! :-)

  13. Lakerfan - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    and I’m sure Jordan would have made starters like Smush Parker, Luke Walton and Kwame Brown all-stars.. Jordan loves Kwame! :-)

  14. CJ - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    nivlem – while I do agree that D-Wade does not get enough credit, there are multiple errors in your post. D-Wade did not lead all players in assists (Nash had 13). Also, Lebron had more than 4 dunks. The article states he had 4 “reverse” dunks.

  15. Milk Money - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    After THIS year’s debate about who is better Kobe or Lebron, it is VERY clear how FAR beyond Jordan is/was compared to the rest of the league! King this…; Black Mamba that…; Who is the real Superman (Shaq or Howard) of the NBA…; and let’s not forget “Bring a Gun to Work Day”!
    The NBA used to MAINLY consist of GROWN and MATURE MEN who had a PASSION to be the best in the world at basketball(not acting, singing/rapping, ect.). It is turning into a league FULL of sissies and punks! I wish something or someone would seriously change this!

  16. Jake - Feb 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Lebron DID NOT guard Melo at the end. That was WADE, thank you.
    Get it right.

  17. Lkrfn - Feb 15, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Milk Money, I wonder how you stand up against just one of these “punks” and “sissies”! Don’t like all of the “king” and “Superman” nonsense, I understand, but “punks” and “sissies”? Come on now!

  18. Anonymous - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    ….like a man, and tell them the truth!

  19. nivlem - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Thank you CJ for your corrections and again it is still strange that while the number of dunks might be at issue, there was no mention of any forms of dunks by Wade at all.

  20. Tung Sten Men - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    Great site man, but why do my friends think I’m flamboyant when I wear rings. They just don’t get it

  21. Tung Sten - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    I hate when my friends say I look flamboyant when I wear rings. They just don’t get it

  22. stablert - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Shakira at halftime though??
    I turned game on just in time to see the pole dance.
    Wow, nice for me maybe, but what a role model for the kids.
    The NBA deserves the Clay Bennett’s of the World.
    Slimmy stuff!!

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