It wasn’t an All-Star Game, but Oklahoma City sure treated it like it was. A near-packed Cox Convention Center saw stars like LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden duke it out in a surprisingly entertaining game with Durant and LeBron’s White Team prevailing 176-171.
Keep in mind, this was a charity exhibition game. Didn’t matter though as 12,874 turned out anyway for it. The game was televised in Oklahoma as well as online, though there were so many clicks on the site that was streaming it that it crashed right before tip-off. There might not be any NBA right now and it might be football season, but people still want their basketball.
Half of the headlining act was even missing. Shirts being sold around the arena billing the game as “Durant versus Griffin,” only served as a reminder that Blake Griffin, born in Oklahoma City’s, wasn’t in the building because of a cut on his foot. But it also served as a decent metaphor that in basketball terms, the city belongs to Durant. Right before tip, Durant grabbed a microphone to thank fans for coming and said, “We’ll try and make it a show.”
I’d say mission accomplished. It wasn’t the best basketball I’ve ever seen and it certainly wasn’t competitive until the fourth quarter. Miles Rawles, who Durant brought in to MC the game, reminded the crowd, “It’s gonna get good in the fourth.” And it did. Keep Reading…