The NBA All-Star game is here and I am pumped. It’s by far the best showcase from any of the professional sports. A night that contains moments I won’t forget for my entire life. Whether it was Iverson leading the East comeback in 2001 to Tracy McGrady throwing it off the backboard for a dunk in 2002, there’s always some excitement when you have the best athletes in the world on the floor at the same time with no defense. Tonight features the drama of KD and Russ playing on the same team for the first time since Durant’s departure, so that should add to the fun. Check out LordTreeSap’s official top 5 performances in All-Star game history below.
5. Allen Iverson – 2001
The Eastern Conference was down 19 through three quarters and just about everyone was ready to call it a night and go to sleep or already had tuned out. The Answer decided to put the team on his back, going on a scoring tear with 15 of his 25 points in the final frame to engineer one of the best comebacks in All-Star history, giving the East the 111-110 win. Iverson took home MVP honors in the epic comeback victory at Madison Square Garden.
4. Paul George – 2016
PG-13 had a very underrated performance in last year’s contest, though it was in a losing effort. George dropped 41 points in 26 minutes, coming up one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record. I remember teammates freezing Paul out at the end of the game, not chill guys. PG hit 9 threes in the game,. Let’s see what he’s got in store for us tonight.
3. LeBron James – 2011
In his first All-Star appearance as a member of the Miami Heat, James was still in his role as villain of the NBA. LeBron dropped one of three triple-doubles ever recorded in the All-Star game. The other two you may ask, were from Dwyane Wade and Michael Jordan. King James finished his 7th All-Star appearance with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 dimes as the East fell 148-143.
2. Kobe Bryant -2011
In his 13th All-Star game, Kobe had his signature moment taking home the MVP award for the fourth time in his career, tied for the most in NBA history. The Black Mamba dropped 37 points to go along with 14 rebounds in a heroic effort to hold off LeBron and the East for a 148-143 victory.
1. Magic Johnson – 1992
With any All-Star game discussion, it has to come back to Magic Johnson’s epic return to the NBA since his HIV contraction in 1992. People I talk to tell me this is a moment in NBA history that will never be forgotten. Magic returned to the floor, which had to be okayed by the other All-Stars to play in a game, making for one of the most talent-filled match ups ever assembled for a night. Johnson took home MVP honors, dropping 25 points and 9 assists, as the West cruised to a 40-point victory down in Orlando. His final three pointer ended the game with 14 seconds left on the clock, which were never finished.
Enjoy the game tonight everyone,. Does Russ get a triple-double and go for three straight MVPs?