Chris Paul, left, of the Los Angeles Clippers, talks to Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
While Russell Westbrook took home the MVP and nearly set a scoring record for the NBA All-Star Game with 41 points on 28 shots, the Clippers’ Chris Paul led the game with 15 assists. Paul is the all-time leader in assists per All-Star game (12.5). Magic Johnson has the top two single game assist totals, with 22 in 1984 and 19 in 1988.
In case you want to see what 163-158 looks like on paper, here’s the 2015 All-Star Game box score.
Spencer Hawes called it – Zach LaVine runs away with dunk contest:
— Spencer Hawes (@spencerhawes00) February 15, 2015
Hawes wasn’t the only one, of course, but LaVine put the excitement back in the contest. The highlights are good morning viewing.
Not all is right with the Clippers at the All-Star break. Chris Paul talked with reporters about the team’s defensive issues and its place. He also talked about his career, his appreciation of the game and the joy of taking his son to New York with him. Read Vincent Bonsignore’s column.
Los Angeles News Group columnist Mark Heisler wrote about the Clippers and what it takes to compete in L.A. in his Sunday column:
This is the NBA’s greatest fireworks show that’s slipped off the radar. Aside from their Lob City thrills, the Clippers are No. 2 in 3-pointers, making more than No. 4 Golden State with its Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
No, the Clippers aren’t a wild and crazy bunch like some I could name locally. They’re No. 2 in 3-point accuracy to the Warriors’ No. 3.
As far as the “local rivalry,” goes, as the Lakers say, “What local rivalry?”
What do you think? Is the landscape changing? Has it already changed and the Lakers don’t know it? Read Heisler’s full column here.