In a game stacked with the best talent the NBA has to offer, the 2014 NBA All-Star Game wowed fans from the very first second. East and West All-Stars took to the court of the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans determined to make their mark.
Together they compiled a highlight reel of “Did you see that” and “WOW” moments, all while breaking records and having a blast along the way. In the end the East came back from an 18 point deficit to get the win after losing three straight All-Star games to the West, and Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving, was named the KIA All-Star MVP. Read on for a full recap and fun facts about the game!
The All-Star Game is very rarely talked about for its defensive qualities but that changed during the 2014 game. In the very first play of the game LeBron James got the steal off of a bad pass by James Harden and threw it down to give the East the first points of the game.
The very next play of the game was another dunk by James off the assist by his Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade. Kevin Love was able to get the West on the board after collecting the offensive rebound.
The first quarter ended 42-44 with the West up and saw dunks from James, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. We also saw Anthony get going from three-point land as he sank three in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the West outscored their East counterparts 45-34, ending the first half up 89-76. The high score was indicative of the offensive show that both teams were putting on for fans.
After a halftime show that rocked, they were at it again. The East were the first to strike as James put it in from an assist by MVP, Irving. In the game’s highest scoring quarter the teams combined to hit 11 three-pointers. By the end of the third the East closed the gap to make the score 123-126.
The East seemed determined to change the perception of their conference. In the fourth defense ratcheted up and both sides came out gunning offensively. Much like the start of the game, John Wall got the steal off of a bad pass by Damian Lillard and threw it down.
Irving was everywhere in the fourth quarter, whether he was draining threes, driving in to score or dishing out assists. With 1 minute left to go he racked up another assist (14 total on the night) to Anthony (three pointer) putting the East up 159-155, another assist to James a few seconds later and the East was coming away with the win. The final score read 163-155, the East were 2014 NBA All-Star Game champions, winning for the first time in the last four years!
- The teams combined for 318 points, breaking the previous record of 303 from the 1987 game
- The East set a record for most points, 163, breaking the previous record set in 2003 by the West, 155
- Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin each scored 38 points, tying Rick Barry for the third-most points in an All-Star Game
- Blake Griffin set the record for most field goals in an All-Star Game with 19 breaking the previous record of 17 set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962
- The teams had 100 three-point attempts, shattering last year’s record 71 attempts
- The West set a single-team record for three-point attempts with 56, also besting the record set last year
- The West set a new record for most three-pointers made with 16
- Carmelo Anthony, set the new record for three-pointers with eight, besting the previous record of six by Mark Price in 1993
- Kyrie Irving’s MVP win was also only the second in Cleveland player history with the only other MVP being LeBron James getting the honor twice as a Cavalier.
See the Action Live!
This year fans were treated to a record breaking affair that was an offensive spectacle. All in attendance got to witness a history making (and breaking) game that delighted. The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend is already set to take place in New York City, home of both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
With the iconic Madison Square Garden and newly opened Barclays Center sharing hosting honors next year’s events are sure to be as exciting as this year’s. It’s not too early to start planning, get in the know so you can be the first to purchase Official 2015 NBA All-Star Ticket Packages and be there to witness the All-Stars live!