The King has dominated the first quarter, but the East can’t seem to stop James Harden.
The West trail the East 47-36 in the 2015 NBA All-Star game thanks to 25 combined points from James Harden and Russell Westbrook, despite some exceptional plays by LeBron James.
King James made his presence known immediately, charging the rim and making an electrifying alley-oop dunk – his first of three in the quarter – to start the East off his a 2-0 lead. But West’s James Harden and Russell Westbrook each showed off their skills, accounting for 13 and 12 points respectively.
The East’s Kyle Korver, who struggled in the 3-point Scoring Competition the previous night, did not struggle as much early, making several long 3-point FGs to keep the East alive.
Notably though, Carmelo Anthony struggled for the East, as the Knicks star Forward – who put off treatment on his injured knee to play in the game – went 1 for 4 and missed both 3-point FG attempts, putting up only 2 points despite playing 8:32 in the quarter.
Westbrook finished off the period with a booming slam dunk to give the surging West their 47-36 lead.