Westbrook catches fire in first half and leads all scorers…
The NBA All-Star Game 2015 didn’t disappoint as it was a points-fest in the opening half at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night with the West All-Stars leading the way 83-82 at the break.
Russell Westbrook led the way with 27 points off the bench in just 11 minutes of action, an NBA All-Star Game record for points scored in a half, while LeBron James top scored for the East with 22 points.
However, as expected of the ASG, defense was a rare sight and ultimately it turned out to be a Dunk Contest amongst the top stars in the league along with plenty of uncontested lay-ups and 3-point shots to begin with.
Stephen Curry dazzled with his ball-handling and put up 10 points, four assists and grabbed seven rebounds while LaMarcus Aldridge and James Harden also put up solid numbers.
However, arguably the moment of the half arrived with Dirk Nowitzki throwing down the dunk from a Curry assist which had the whole West bench on their feet.
It didn’t stop there though as the German star offered a celebration to go with his dunk to delight the crowd at MSG.
For the East, it was a shared effort across the roster with Paul Millsap the only player not able to put up points, and with the scores so evenly matched, expect plenty of competitive basketball down the stretch.
Curry was also busy dishing out the assist for Harden to finish with authority at the rim as seen below…