By Emmanuel Valadez |Staff Writer|
The 2015 NBA All Star Weekend and it was one to remember for many years.
NBA All Star Weekend is a weekend-long festival that occurs once a year, and it gives all of the players and coaching staff of the NBA an opportunity to rest during the grueling season.
The festival consisted of several events and special performances by famous artists such as Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, and Nicki Minaj.
This year’s All Star Weekend took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Three-Point and Slam Dunk contests were two very popular events this year.
The Three-Point contest had some of the best shooters in years, such as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (aka “The Splash Brothers”), Kyrie Irving, and Kyle Korver.
Curry scored a monstrous 27 points in the final round, while making 13 shots in a row to win the Three-Point contest.
While the Slam Dunk contest was the main event of the night, it has been under a lot of scrutiny the past few years as it lacked originality.
Zach LaVine redeemed the reputation of the contest by showcasing his dunking ability and finesse on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old guard won the dunk contest while putting on a great show.
He starting things off by passing the ball to himself, catching it in mid air and doing a reverse between-the-legs dunk.
LaVine did a similar pass to himself on the next dunk; however, when he caught the ball in mid-air, he put it around his back and dunked it through the hoop.
This type of dunk has never been done before in the dunk contest, and people were on their feet cheering.
Victor Oladipo, who finished in second place, performed an explosive 540 degree spin dunk.
The NBA All Star Game took place the next night, consisting of the NBA’s best players battling against each other; East vs. West.
Russell Westbrook broke an all-time All Star Game record for most points scored in a half, with 27.
Westbrook helped the West team win with his MVP-caliber performance, scoring 41 points.
The final score was 163-158.
With the NBA All Star Weekend
is over, the players head into the last half of the season.
The 2014-2015 season has been a competitive one, with 12 teams winning 60 percent of their games.
The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks currently have the two best records in the NBA.
They are definitely underdogs, due to their long history of losing records and failed playoff appearances.
The two teams have always been overshadowed by successful franchises like the Lakers, Celtics, and the Knicks.
However, those teams are struggling this year with losing records, especially the Knicks, who have the worst record in the NBA, 10-43.
Keep an eye on players like James Harden and Curry, who are at the top of the MVP discussion.