ORLANDO — The 2012 All-Star Weekend got Thunderstruck.
OK, you can punch me in the face for that one later. But it was pretty clear when Pitbull’s smoke machines settled Sunday night — the Thunder kind of sort of owned the NBA’s showcase event.
First, Kevin Durant took home the grand prize, the All-Star Game MVP trophy with a 36-point performance leading the West to a win. Second, he came in second in the 3-point contest, surprising even Scott Brooks on his performance.
Third, Russell Westbrook was completely spectacular Sunday night, flushing six dunks, each one better than the last. At halftime of the game Sunday, Durant had 21 points and Westbrook 17, which led all scorers. It was almost just like a typical Wednesday night at The Peake. KD was scoring with ease with Westbrook running alongside him. Keep Reading…
John Hollinger of ESPN.com writes we might’ve gotten a small Finals preview: “Westbrook seemed pretty amped in general, screaming after nearly every made basket and playfully shooting and holstering guns toward Durant after a 3-pointer. And he and Wade will have a huge impact on whatever happens both between now and June, and in any NBA Finals meeting between the two. Nonetheless, it’s LeBron vs. KD that tantalizes as both a contrast in styles and a match-up of supreme talents. The (arguably) two best players, on (arguably) the two best teams, lined up across from each other in a battle of South Beach vs. Main Street. Sunday’s battle left us hungry for more, but only time will tell if we get it.”
Via Elias, KD became the first player ever to score 30 or more points in back-to-back All-Star Games. Wow. Keep Reading…
ORLANDO — Check that one off, KD.
Behind a game-high 36 points (tied with LeBron), Kevin Durant took home his first All-Star Game MVP in the West’s 152-149 win over the East.
“Dream come true. Just blessed to be here,” Durant said. “They were feeding me the ball. I’m glad to be taking this back to Oklahoma City.”
KD came out firing, scoring 21 in the first half and was sitting on 34 heading to the fourth quarter. Which actually had him in the conversation for setting the all-time mark for most points in a game, held by Wilt Chamberlain with 42.
“It’s just an exciting feeling to be named an All-Star,” KD said. “But to step it up another level and win MVP is a dream come true.” Keep Reading…
ORLANDO — There’s no way around it: Last night’s dunk contest left a little something to be desired. There were a few solid slams, but for the most part, it was a disappointment. Some have called it the worst ever and while that’s probably fair, I think we should hold off on that to see if any of them age well a little bit.
Kevin Durant has taken part in two consecutive All-Star Saturdays, both in the 3-point contest. And he’s had enough. He wants some big names in the dunk contest. He tweeted last night:
“It’s time for @KingJames, Mr Westbrook, Mr.Rose, and @DwyaneWade to get in the dunk contest.” Keep Reading…
If you’re looking for a place to watch the game Sunday, head over to Brix. Normal watch party specials apply.
Make sure when you come to tell your waiter or waitress that you’re there for the watch party and there will be some good specials. Those are: $10 beer buckets, $3.50 23-ounce. large Bud Lights, and 128-ounce Bud Light vessels.
Brix is located on 27 E. Sheridan in Bricktown and is the official bar of Daily Thunder this season. So come on out, enjoy the game and hang with some smart Thunder fans.
The game tips at 6:30 CT.
ORLANDO — Kevin Durant definitely redeemed himself.
So he didn’t win the 3-point contest, but compared to his seven-point, 5-25 performance last year in Los Angeles, Durant certainly bounced back. He finished second to Kevin Love in a shoot-off after the two tied with 16 in the final round.
Durant didn’t see it that way though. He wasn’t happy with the outcome.
“Nah I’m not man. Because I had an opportunity to win,” he said. “I can’t do it three years in a row so maybe sometime down the line I’ll have another chance.”
KD was cooking in the first, scoring 20. He hit 16 and then in the shoot-off, had just 14. He started hot but slowed down at the end. Entering the last rack, he needed to hit all five. He only hit two. Still a quality effort from Durant.
Russell Westbrook finished fifth in the Skills Challenge thing with a time of 33.8. I was actually pretty surprised Westbrook did not go for a massive dunk on his last finish, and promptly doink it. Which would been so very Russ to do.
Happy All-Star Weekend. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. You’re all All-Stars to me.
It’s All-Star Saturday which means it’s time for KD to try and redeem himself in the 3-point contest and Russell Westbrook has sort of guaranteed victory in the Skills Challenge. Last season the Thunder dominated All-Star Saturday with KD and Westbrook in those competitions as well as Serge Ibaka in the dunk contest. He had no chance of winning because it was Blake Griffin’s weekend, but I don’t think his free throw line dunk was appreciated near enough. Because it was insane.