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Three Stars of the Night: Two All-Stars and a guy who should have been

Feb 14, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

Gerald Henderson, Paul George AP

I wanted to do an all All-Star edition of three stars tonight, but I couldn’t leave Josh Smith off (representing he and Al Horford, who alone almost beat the Magic)… but he should have been one. So I’m calling this the All-Star edition anyway.

As always some guys are close but just missed out. Joe Johnson was last guy cut, with 26 points and nine assists. Derrick Williams had a career night with 24 points and 16 boards. Ricky Rubio had a nice line (18 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds) but if you shoot 3-for-13 you don’t make the cut. Nice to see the recently slumping Anthony Davis bounce back with 21 and 11. Monta Ellis had 27 points but needed 24 shots to get there. Jason Terry had a game-winning block and just the oddity of that almost got him in.

Third Star: Tony Parker (24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists)

While we’ve been talking about that LeBron guy and his nice little run Tony Parker has been tearing it up, too. In his last 10 games he is averaging 25.4 points a game on 60 percent shooting, plus 9.1 assists per game. He had another big game in this one — 8-of-14 shooting and that seventh assist was to Kawhi Leonard for the game winner with 1.5 seconds left. It was a final smart decision in another night of smart decisions by Parker.

Second Star: Josh Smith (30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists)

Smith gets his name up here but it was really him combined with Al Horford (26 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) that together overwhelmed the Magic. And I mean overwhelmed — at one point in the third quarter Smith/Horford alone had a five-point lead over the Magic. Smith was very efficient on the night shooting 13-of-20 from the field plus 2-of-3 from three. It has been a few games in a row where his outside shot has fallen and with that comes big numbers.

First Star: Paul George (23 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists)

Yes, it was against the Bobcat’s “defense” but it was still a career first triple-double for Paul George and he’s not giving it back. He has literally had an All-Star first half of the season but had not played well against the Nets last game. So this time he came out aggressive from the start and the Cavaliers had no real answer. In the second half when the Pacers pulled away for the win George was doing the little things — 10 of his rebounds and 7 assists came after halftime. That’s what a team leader does: Whatever is needed to win.

  1. kavika6 - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Tony Parker showed Irving what a true all-star looks like, on both ends of the court.

  2. davidly - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Glad to see George bounce back so solidly after the last game (which came on the heels of his having literally thrown the Raptors game away).

    Your mention of Tony Parker’s last 10 games reminds me of my comment about yesterday’s LBJ “record” post. Here we have a guy who is is has impressive stats over ten games. And it’s worth a mention. But we didn’t scour the “record books” to discover whether or not 10 games averaging 25.4 points at 60% and 9 assists is “something no one has ever done before”.

  3. iritian - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    “Yes, it was against the Bobcat’s “defense” but… he came out aggressive from the start and the Cavaliers had no real answer” Guys seriously? Does anyone here know the term proofread?

    • bougin89 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      This whole article needs to be scrapped and re-written pretty much.

      • broncobeta - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        I’ve been saying it forever. This blog does a horrible job proofreading. It’s like easter-egg hunting picking out all of the typos and incorrect information. Except the easter-eggs are the size of bowling balls.

    • saint1997 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:11 AM

      and its his second triple double this season!

  4. jordanismyidol - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Thats my boy paul george! My vote for most improved

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