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NBA biggies ensure spectacular end to a mediocre weekend

other Updated: Feb 28, 2012 00:51 IST
B Srikanth

With the stars set to descend on the Amway centre for the all-important NBA All-Star Game 2012, the local administration had swung into action on Sunday evening to throw a security blanked in downtown Orlando. The active member of theK9 dog squad of Orange County police however wore a bored and quizzical look as he went about his job, trying to smell out any explosives planted on the official shuttle at the main security junction. “What’s the fuss all about?” seemed the quizzical look on his face.

But as the fans trooped out of the Amway Center around midnight, none of them was questioning ‘what’s the fuss was all about?’ Having endured some mediocre fare in the Rising Stars Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest, their patience was wearing thin as they filled the huge Amphitheatre to the rafters, hoping for a better contest between the star-studded teams – All-Star West and All-Star East.

Though the intensity was way below that of a regular match, it was entertaining enough as the game went to the wire with West quelling a late fight back by Lebron James’ East to win 152-149. One such intense moment saw Dwayne Wade of East fracture Kobe Bryant’s nose while preventing him from converting a layup in the third quarter. Bryant had to take a CT scan later in the night and is scheduled to undergo further tests on Monday. LeBron James had a chance to seal victory for East with seconds to go but his pass to Wade was intercepted by Blake Griffin.


Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder was named the Most Valuable Player, the youngest-ever. He had 36 points, seven assists and three steals and dominated the first half.

(The writer’s trip has been sponsored by the NBA)