Friday, February 24, 2012
Updated: February 26, 5:14 PM ET
2012 NBA All-Star Game Scorecard: West All-Stars
Grades by John Hollinger
2012 NBA All-Star
Set the All-Star scoring record and got his nose bloodied (and apparently broken) by an unusually hard foul from Dwyane Wade, and provided added theater with his banter with Paul Pierce and subsequent yapping at LeBron. As for his game, it was the usual -- some questionable shots, a lot of buckets, and 27 points.
The underrated cog in the West machine, Paul spent the day orchestrating the West offense and finished with 12 dimes against just two turnovers. While he called his number unadvisedly a couple of times late in the game, mostly he provided some order for his point-hungry teammates on the West roster.
Played a perfunctory five minutes on a balky knee, missing all three shots, before quickly heading for the exits. He may already be back in Los Angeles.
Somehow took home a game-worst minus-13 despite playing for the winning team, although he contributed immensely to the spectacle with several sky-walking dunks; in particular, he seemed to reach for the heavens on a one-handed alley-oop finish from Chris Paul in the third quarter.
Used this game as a showcase for his effortless scoring skills, raining 3-pointers and throwing down dunks in equal measure while tying for a game-high 36 points and winning the game's MVP award. His one true mistake was nearly a costly one, though, throwing a lazy pass that Deron Williams converted to a key layup in the final minute.
Miffed that he didn't play more than 9:48 in his All-Star debut, although he didn't make much of a case for extended minutes with a 2-of-5 showing.
As with Hibbert in the East, this was a poor forum for displaying his talents. Finished with four points in 13 minutes while getting to see how Pau feels for a day, and was mistaken for Kevin Love by the PA announcer.
Three-point champ added two more triples Sunday and added 17 points, seven boards and three steals in his 18 minutes; we even saw him mix in an almost highlight-quality dunk.
Basically was given the night off, but his four assists look more impressive when you realize he only played 4:40.
Seemed more enthused about using the weekend to work out any remaining kinks in his jumper, launching five triples in 13 minutes before happily retreating to the sideline.
He had a very nice run with six points, four assists and no turnovers in 12 minutes, but with Paul and Westbrook playing so many minutes there just wasn't any burn left for Parker.
Can we get him in the dunk contest already? Threw down an absolutely nasty one-handed dunk down the lane with two minutes left, and had several other highlight-reel finishes. Oh, the game was good too. He had 21 points in 27 minutes and, believe it or not, tied for a game high with five offensive boards.