Plenty of talk has circulated around the NBA about the strength of the Western Conference, and the All-Star Game was no different.
After racing out to a 20-point first-half lead, the West pulled away late and sealed the 163-158 win over the Eastern Conference in New York City.
Russell Westbrook was named MVP as he led all scorers with 41 points, falling one point shy of the all-time record held by Wilt Chamberlain. James Harden added 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists on the night.
For the East, LeBron James made a run at the MVP with 30 points and seven assists, but he and his team ultimately fell short.
Here are a few tidbits and ‘Hot Takes’ from the game. And when we say ‘Hot Takes’, yes Skip Bayless is involved.
319 total points is an All-Star Game record.
— Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) February 16, 2015
Jimmy Butler, known for his defense, was in for a bit of a surprise:
Butler, on the lack of defense in an All-Star game: "A few of my guys were like, ‘Chill. Don’t do all that.’"
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 16, 2015
It looked like everyone out there wanted to be a Splash Brother:
NBA All-Star Game: 60 combined threes in 2011, 66 in 2012, 71 in 2013, 100 in 2014, 113 with less than 9 mins to go in 2015.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 16, 2015
And our Skip Bayless segment (except he actually makes sense):
How is Carmelo going to justify shutting it down to Knicks season-ticket holders after playing so much in this All-Star game?
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 16, 2015
What was your favorite part of the All-Star Game?