Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: February 16, 1:04 AM ET
2013 NBA All-Star Game Scorecard
By Jack Winter
2013 NBA All-Star
It's easy to imagine the sweet-shooting, smooth-as-silk Beal thriving in a game such as this, but the rookie never quite found his footing. He scored 12 points, but they were mostly of a reserved, workmanlike quality.
"The Brow" didn't win any fans for a casual transition layup that came without a defender in sight; a rain of boos filled the Toyota Center immediately afterward. Davis worked the glass and picked his spots offensively but was hardly the force many expected.
If Faried's goal was to send a message that he's a legitimate threat in Saturday's dunk contest, he certainly got his point across. Playing with his trademark energy and slamming everything in sight, the Rising Stars MVP finished with a game-high 40 points on 18-of-22 shooting.
Quiet for the game's majority, Knight battled one-on-one for several possessions with Kyrie Irving late in the second half. While he couldn't completely one-up the first-time All-Star, Knight still had his share of moments, no matter how fleeting.
Leonard scored on the game's first possession and seemingly lone set play: a lob from Davis after he looped around staggered screens. Leonard provided a rare defensive highlight by stealing Harrison Barnes' dribble and later hit consecutive 3-pointers, too. One of the game's top performers.
This was Rubio near his flashy, free-wheeling best, a needed reminder of the unique talent he is when healthy. Effortlessly utilizing no-look, one-handed, underhanded, behind-the-back and between-the-legs passes, he doled out 10 assists and hit his lone 3-point attempt for good measure.
He missed in the impromptu, end-of-game dunk contest, but Shved was great otherwise. He connected on two attempts from deep, had a nice up-and-under flush and provided maybe the game's biggest highlight with a reverse dunk off a lob from Rubio.
Thomas helped build Team Chuck's insurmountable lead early, hitting three consecutive 3-pointers in one sequence and scoring 14 first-half points. He was quiet thereafter but still tied Rubio for the game high with 10 assists.
The numbers look awesome, but Thompson's play -- to no one's surprise -- lacked the flare that makes this game fun. His several dunks were timid, and he finished a couple of actual post moves; those aren't bad things, just not great ones in a setting like this.
Centers on the bigger side usually struggle in these All-Star settings, but Vucevic did the best he could. He finished a tough lob and hit two 3-pointers, showing off his under-rated touch in the process.