East Edges West In NBA All-Star Game, 141-139; SB Nation Is On The Scene

SB Nation's Andrew Sharp is on the ground in Dallas, Texas and will be providing periodic updates throughout the weekend. For live updates, follow along with his Twitter feed, @AndrewSharp.

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Wade Takes MVP, East Gets The Win Before A Record Crowd At The 2010 NBA All-Star Game

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Dallas native Chris Bosh hit two free throws with five seconds remaining, boosting the Eastern Conference to a 141-139 victory over the West at the All-Star Game before a record crowd of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium.

The attendance at Jerry Jones' spatial palace set a mark for the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game.

"I think they were expecting 90,000, something like that," Bosh said. "To have 108,000, that's just leaps and bounds more than what we expected. I had a blast."

Miami's Dwyane Wade garnered MVP honors by scoring 28 points, recording 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals. Cleveland's LeBron James added 25 points, while Bosh, who plays for Toronto, finished with 23 points and 10 boards.

Denver's Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but his three-point try at the buzzer grazed the front of the rim as he was defended by Wade.

Dirk Nowitzki of the hometown favorite Dallas Mavericks sank a pair of foul shots with 7.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 139, just after Wade's two at the charity stripe gave the East the lead.

Bosh then drove from the left wing but was fouled by Chauncey Billups, before making the go-ahead free throws.

Nowitzki ended with 22 points, but in the end it was another Wade special performance in Dallas that helped his team to victory. Wade was the MVP of the 2006 NBA Finals when the Heat won the title in Dallas.

"I've had a little luck in Dallas," Wade said. "Of course, 2006 is very memorable."

Anthony said West head coach George Karl drew up a play for the win, but at the end it didn't work.

"They made just one more play than we did," Nowitzki said. "We had a shot at the end. Carmelo had a decent look, but they deserve to win."

The West didn't have its full arsenal available due to injuries to Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Brandon Roy.

Wade had eight of his points in the last quarter to offset a spectacular last period for Billups, who had 14 of his 17 in the stanza.

In a game that was devoid of defense, the East gained a 37-34 lead after one quarter, highlighted by Dwight Howard's 11 points. Wade and Joe Johnson combined for 15 points in the second, helping the East gain a 76-69 halftime edge.

Howard's slam moved the margin to 90-74, but the West rallied later in the third and trailed 118-109 moving to the fourth when the game really tightened and when defense finally became a more prominent part of the contest.

Zach Randolph's floater tied the game at 124 for the West with 6:40 remaining, but a bevy of West turnovers led the East moving ahead nine with over four minutes left. Wade culminated the push with a two-handed breakaway jam after stealing the ball from Deron Williams for a 135-126 edge.

Later, the West scored seven in a row to forge a tie at 137.

Game Notes

Next year's All-Star Game will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles...Howard had 17 points and Johnson 10...Kevin Durant scored 15, Williams 14, and Pau Gasol 13 for the West, which also received 12 points and 10 boards from Amare Stoudemire. Steve Nash finished with 13 assists for the West, which held a 54-40 rebounding edge...A total of 23 West turnovers led to 31 points by the East...Wade finished 12-of-16 from the field...Karl fell to 0-4 as an All-Star Game coach.


Live From The NBA All-Star Game, Where Amazingly Large TVs Happen

SB Nation's Andrew Sharp is reporting live from the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, thanks to this newfangled thing called "Twitter." (Are Twitter jokes still cool? Let's hope so.)

With Internet issues at Cowboys Stadium, let's head back to Sharp's Twitter page for some reaction and commentary to the All-Star Game, an event that probably gives Tom Thibodeau nightmares.

Like most, he was speechless when first entering Jerry Jones' monstrosity of a stadium, where the megajumbotron is literally bigger than the basketball court itself. Seriously.

[Cowboys stadium] ... [Speechless]

And, of course... It wouldn't be completely and totally surreal without Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders


Ric Bucher's tan is more amazing than this stadium

Fake Scoop: "Lebron and D-Wade aren't in school no more, but boyyyy, they still got Chemistry. Word to Gloria James."

It's not an NBA event until Fake Scoop Jackson comments.

Oh, right, the game: East is leading the West near the end of the third quarter.


On The Scene At All-Star Weekend: Where A Rapping Charles Barkley Happens

SB Nation's Andrew Sharp is in Dallas for NBA All-Star Weekend. Over the last few days, he's been tweeting his exploits -- his Twitter page is certainly worth a read.

Among the highlights: his chance encounter with several celebrities, including the guy who did the "Hard Knock Life" song.

HOLY [poop]! Just walked out of the bathroom and literally bumped into Jay-Z. Like, physically

And yeah, bumping into Jay-Z was followed by saying whattup to Diddy. Can't even really process things right now.

Just met Charles Barkley with @BullsBlogger... Life is complete.

Speaking of Barkley, the Round Mound of Rebound is apparently a multi-talented individual.

Charles Barkley rapping Death of Autotune word for word

Stay tuned to Andrew and SB Nation alike as the All-Star Game approaches.


Nate Robinson Wins Third Slam Dunk Contest

Just as he did in 2006 and 2009, Nate Robinson of the Knicks has won his third All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest.

Robinson met the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan in the finals. DeRozan's performance was rather lackluster; his money dunk was a pedestrian two-handed jam that brought absolutely nothing new to the table. Robinson, on the other hand, seemed to win on the strength of, "hey, look at that short guy dunking!"

Robinson is the first player ever to win the dunk contest in three different years.


Whose Weekend Was Better: Steve Nash's Or Yours?

Steve Nash has had a real gas of a weekend so far. On Friday night, he lit the torch in Vancouver to open the 2010 Winter Olympics. On Saturday night, he won the NBA All-Star Saturday Night Skills Challenge. And on Sunday night, of course, he will play in the All-Star Game.

Interesting, to be sure, but not quite as interesting as my weekend. This morning I ate a bagel and played Madden 10 for about an hour. I also returned a mouse I bought because it turned out not to be USB-compatible. To cap it all off, I almost poured a bowl of cereal, but they say milk is just plain bad for you, so I decided against it.

I just spoke to some of my SB Nation confederates to learn about their weekend exploits.

Ryan Hudson, SBN editor:

Today I went to brunch AND ate at McDonalds. Oh, almost forgot -- I took a nap.

Jim Bankoff, our CEO:

I picked up my mother in law at the airport and went to Whole Foods.

Brandon Worley of SBN and Defending Big D:

I spent the day spackling drywall and installing curtains.

Brunch? Whole Foods? DRYWALL?!?!?! How do we even find time to work? Now it's your turn, dear readers. How have you spent your weekends thus far? How much better is Steve Nash than you?


Steve Nash Wins Skills Challenge

The All-Star Weekend's Skills Challenge is probably the closest the NBA will ever resemble American Gladiators. This year, the Suns' Steve Nash won the competition. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a trophy.


This is the basketball he has to use in every game next to the season. On Saturday he proved that his basketball skills are vastly superior to those of everyone else in the league. To even the playing field, he must now dribble a ball with an enormous counterweight on it. Them's the breaks.


The Slam Dunk Competition: Vital Information

On Saturday night at 8:30 P.M., the NBA's All-Star Saturday Night competition commences. TNT has the broadcast. Among the festivities, of course, is the dunk contest. Tonight's participants:

Shannon Brown, Lakers
Gerald Wallace, Bobcats
Nate Robinson, Knicks
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

DeRozan won the Dunk-In over the Clippers' Eric Gordon to enter the competition.

Our own Andrew Sharp is in Dallas to watch the event. We'll have more from him as the night progresses.


NBA Jam Session: Basketball Fan's Valhalla, Or A Giant Department Store?

Now don't get me wrong. I loved NBA Jam Session, and I'm heading back there in about fifteen minutes. I've returned to my hotel only to change clothes and get a few things for tonight's festivities (including my fully charged T-Mobile My Touch ... Which I'll be using for photos). But man, that place has a lot going on. Calling it a department store isn't quite accurate though. It has the same effects as a department store, whereby after while it's impossible not to feel just a little overwhelmed. But it's not quite a Macy's.

Does this map make you a little dizzy? Me too.

Imagine, instead, a basketball-themed amusement park. That, to me, sounds like basketball valhalla--there are games, obstacle courses, stores, and a slew of promotional exhibits set up with the sole intent of dazzling fans like me. This is good. But like any amusement park, there are downsides. The crowds are headache-inducing, the food's overpriced and terrible, and there are long lines for virtually everything. So what does it say that I'm in a hurry to get back? It's pretty freakin' awesome, despite all the drawbacks.

I'll probably add more later, but in the meantime, be sure to check my Twitter feed for more updates.


All-Star Weekend: Friday Night In Review, And A Look Saturday's Festivities

Might as well get it out of the way up front: Friday night could have been much, much better. Much better had I skipped the rookie game, much better had I magically found an invitation to Kenny Smith's All-Star party, and mainly, much better if I hadn't felt like complete and utter crap. If you were to put together a list of the "worst events to be really sick," it'd look something like this:

  1. Your Wedding. Pretty self-explanatory here. Gladhanding the legions of friends and relatives that flood your wedding is hard enough when you're working at full strength. To deal with all that while sweating profusely and congested into insanity? That would be awful. Plus, if you're deathly ill on your wedding day, it'd have to be considered a pretty terrible omen. 
  2. First Day of Work. Nobody wants to come off looking like a sissy right off the bat, so you can't just skip work. But then, if you go in, you spend the day sneezing on everyone, introducing yourself to clearly-horrified new colleagues, and generally making a nuisance of yourself from start to finish.
  3. A Weekend in New Orleans. Of all the places in the world NOT conducive to healthy lifestyle, it's New Orleans. Las Vegas deserves mention here, too, but with the preponderance of lavish spas and other relaxation activities, Vegas wouldn't be so bad. New Orleans? It's constantly humid, it's full of drunk people, a good portion of the city smells like vomit, and the healthiest food you're likely to find within the city limits is steamed alligator.
  4. NBA All-Star Weekend.

That's the list. And between the parties, the hundreds of NBA icons milling around willing to strike up a conversation, and the general 24-hours-a-day vibe of the weekend, All-Star Weekend should probably be higher. And yes, as a diehard NBA fan, I know exactly what I'm missing out on, and it's killing me.

NEVERTHELESS... Friday was still incredibly awesome. The rookie game featured DeJuan Blair and Tyreke Evans, two players I could watch play for a million hours straight. That, and Kevin Love should be grandfathered into every All-Star game in the future, soley for his ability to throw picture perfect, 80-foot outlet passes. It's probably the whitest skill on the planet, but still, pretty damn awesome, and perfect for an All-Star Game. That, and Russell Westbrook hit for 40 last night, mainly out of boredom I think.

Those were the lone bright spots for the sophomores though. Other than that, the rookies were dominant, which makes sense because last year's draft class was terrible except for Derrick Rose, and Derrick Rose wasn't playing. As for this year's class, 'Reke won MVP, but ultimately elected to share the trophy with Dejuan Blair, who put up 22 points and 23 rebounds. This young man deserves the most badass nickname in history:


Other highlights included Michael Rapaport sitting courtside, 10,000 screaming young girls that resembled a screachier version of the soccer fan locusts, and Demar Derozan completely mailing it in--and winning--the halftime "Dunk-in" with Eric Gordon.

Wait, did I say highlights? I meant, "worst things ever." Yes. Those were the worst things ever.

But today and tonight should be spectacular in comparison. For one thing, my health has taken a turn for the better, and in attempt to jumpstart my immune system this morning, I went to the gym, and wound up working out next to a woman that looked exactly like Halle Berry, and whom I'd seen with Dominique Wilkins the night before. So there's that!

Wrapping this up because NBA Jam Session awaits... Today we've got All-Star Saturday Night, which features the Dunk Contest, the Skills Contest, the 3-point shootout, and the the shooting stars competition. Thankfully, Magic Johnson declined to participate this year. Most exciting? H-O-R-S-E is back, too! And the D-League All-Star Game! And... Other stuff! It should be fun, and I'll try to update you tonight, but let's be honest: now that I'm feeling slightly less miserable, it might be a while until you hear from me again. Whatever happens, check back Monday morning for a full recap of the craziness.

Also, T-Mobile is sponsoring my trip this weekend, and I won't even lie. Most of the second half of the rookie game was spent fiddling the My Touch phone they've given me. Getting past the "touch screen barrier" took about 45 minutes, but I'd cleared that hurdle, it was an ADD person's dream. Definitely worth checking out. Like a less pretentious I-Phone. So... T-Mobile!

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