Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: March 2, 11:37 PM ET
2013 NBA All-Star Game Scorecard
By Justin Verrier
By Justin Verrier
2013 NBA All-Star
One of the biggest cheers of the night came from a big Barnes dunk. Unfortunately, it was this one
from the regular season. Otherwise, the Golden State swingman had a largely forgettable night, finishing with a solid 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
The only All-Star in this year's Rising Stars field, Irving could pretty much get whatever he wanted ... when he was up to it. Last year's game MVP spent the first half effortlessly darting to the rim and lofting up step-back bombs, but he turned the juice on toward the end, turning the game into a mano-a-mano crossover contest with Brandon Knight. Guess who won that one.
Almost brought the house down in the second quarter, but his powerhouse slam attempt over Kenneth Faried just missed and the Toyota Center crowd's hands remained firmly sat on. He turned his effort level down from 100 for once, but MKG, naturally, put in a good day's work: 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
The first overall pick in the Rising Stars draft, Lillard had his moments but was largely overshadowed by the premier young point guard Shaq selected right after him. He somehow accumulated a game-high four fouls in an exhibition and shot just 2-for-10 from 3, but his final line looks nice: 18 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds.
This game could have really used a lob finisher like Andre Drummond, but Nicholson turned in an efficient night in his stead: six points on 3-for-4 shooting.
The home crowd gave him a warm welcome and then another big roar of approval when he finished the game on a clear-out slam. Otherwise a solid night (6-for-9 for 13 points) for one of the most undervalued players in the league.
Jacked up his share of 3s, as expected, but the 40 percent career 3-point shooter connected on just one of his six trey attempts. He was much better inside the line (4-for-5) and ended the night with 11 points.
Right at home with shots flying all over the place, the mighty-mite guard had quite the night, finishing with 23 points on 11-for-12(!) shooting. He used his compact-car frame to bully defenders out of the way and then capped off the night with two clear-out dunks.
A real spark for the second unit. Guilty of a heat check or two early, Walker toned it down and set up others well. He finished with eight assists, including one off the backboard in the first half that Waiters punctuated with a vicious one-hand dunk.
Out of his element, the Cleveland center turned in a solid four points and four rebounds in 16 minutes. 'Bout the best you can hope for as a lumbering 7-footer.