EAST 141, WEST 139, at Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
MVP: Dwyane Wade
The score of the box
In front of the biggest crowd to ever watch a basketball game, Dwyane Wade put on quite a show in the massive Cowboys Stadium. A record 108,713 fans filled the stadium – breaking the 78,129 mark set for a varsity clash between Kentucky and Michigan State at Ford Field in Detroit on December 13, 2003 – as the East edged ahead of the ‘West 141-139.
Wade finished with 28 points, six assists, 11 rebounds and five steals and had two free throws to give the East a 139-137 lead. Mavs hometown Dirk Nowitzki hit his own pair of free throws to tie the game. Chris Bosh of the East closed the scoring with two free throws with 5 seconds left and Carmelo Anthony’s 3-point buzzer to win the game was short for the West.
LeBron James had 25 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals. Bosh, who last represented the Raptors, had 23 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. In the West, Amar’e Stoudemire made his last appearance on the All-Star squad as a member of the Suns.
In the East, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose and Al Horford all made their All-Star debuts as reserves while in the West, Deron Williams and Kevin Durant were also All-Stars (and reserves) for the first time.
Durant won his second straight HORSE title in the final year of the event while Steve Nash of the Suns won his second career title on the Skills Challenge. Nate Robinson became the first Dunk Contest winner since Jason Richardson in 2002 and 2003, and in the 3-Point Shootout Paul Pierce became the first Celtic to win the award since Larry Bird’s hat-trick in the 1980s.
Finally, at the Rookie Challenge, Match MVP Tyreke Evans provided the spark as the Rookies ended the Sophomores’ seven-year reign as champions with a 140-128 victory.
All-Star Game Lists
Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)
Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors)
Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics)
Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats)
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks)
Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)
David Lee (New York Knicks) **
Allen Iverson (Detroit Pistons) *
Coach: Stan Van Gundy (Orlando Magic)
Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns)
Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets)
Amar’e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns)
Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
Deron Williams (Utah Jazz)
Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)
Kevin Durant (Thunder of Oklahoma City)
Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzly)
Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets) **
Chris Kaman (LA Clippers) **
Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks) **
Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) *
Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) *
Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) *
Coach: George Karl (Denver Nuggets)
Star Weekend Wrap
NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winner: Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
NBA 3-Point Shootout Winner: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
NBA Skills Challenge: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
HORSE: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Rookie Challenge Result: Beginners 140, Sophomores 128
Rookie Challenge MVP: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings (26 points, six rebounds, five assists, five steals)
NOTE: * = game missed due to injury; ** = injury replacement