Electric NBA All-Star Game caps off memorable weekend

Benny Greenspan, Staff Reporter

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This past week’s NBA All-Star Weekend saw the NBA celebrate its 75th anniversary in a weekend full of memorable highs and lows. While the dunk contest was possibly the worst we have ever seen, the game itself, along with the halftime celebration, was extremely captivating. 

The Rising Stars game was one of the biggest surprises of this year’s All-Star Weekend, as they changed the format to splitting up the best first- and second-year players into four teams of seven as opposed to two much larger teams. This made the game more interesting, as they had a whole tournament with games played to a target score, similar to the actual All-Star game. Cade Cunningham ended up leading Team Barry to win the Rising Stars tournament. 

Saturday night also was full of surprises, for better and for worse. On the good side, Karl-Anthony Towns became the first big man to win the three-point contest, which he did in dominating fashion. While that was fun, what followed was possibly the worst dunk contest ever, as Jalen Green, who entered as the favorite, seemed unable to make a dunk. This ended with Obi Toppin becoming the dunk contest champion. 

While the dunk contest was the low point of the weekend, the highlight of the whole week was the main event on Sunday night. Between Steph Curry hitting a ridiculous 16 3-pointers and Lebron James hitting the game-winner in his hometown, the game was as thrilling as it can get. Team Lebron ended up beating Team Durant 163-160

The game also featured a memorable halftime show which honored the best 75 NBA players in NBA’s history. Every star, including Michael Jordan, suited up — or in Dennis Rodman’s case, put on a hoodie — for the halftime show. 

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