LOS ANGELES — In his first start as an All-Star, Kevin Durant came out looking a bit nervous. He didn’t flinch when he was introduced with Lenny Kravitz blaring behind him. No dancing. No smiling.
And when the game started, KD clanged his first two jumpers. Then, like the Durantula often does, he got cooking.
KD finished the game with 34 points, second only to Kobe Bryant’s 37, in which he took home MVP honors for. Durant was 11-23 and 4-11 from 3 and put up some nice highlight worthy plays. He had a pretty rip and dunk in the first quarter, then right before the half finished a nifty lob from Chris Paul. Durant played a Western-high 30 minutes and really looked to be in to the game in the second half.
Durant got going late in the game as the East closed in on the West’s lead, knocking down a silly step-back jumper which he followed up by draining a 3. Naturally, the next three possessions Kobe had the ball, with Durant going without a touch. No bother though, because we all get it. When Kobe’s on the floor in that situation, he’s not letting someone else get it.
You could tell Russell Westbrook had Staples on the edge of its seat at all times. When he had the ball, the arena just buzzed with anticipation. Russ had a nice fastbreak dunk and finished with 12 points on 6-12 shooting. He and Kevin Love were the last two to check into the game and in the end, Westbrook finished with just 14 minutes.
But not a bad showing by our Thunder representatives in this one. Being in Los Angeles, you’d be shocked at what a household name not only KD is, but Westbrook too. Everyone was talking about Durant and every All-Star billboard, poster or sign featured KD on it with LeBron, Wade and Kobe (and whoever else). Despite what Durant might say, he’s a big time star. Whether he likes it or not. Keep Reading…