OK, so it wasn't quite as good, scoring-wise, as Melo's 62-point night in January. But yesterday, LeBron James set personal and Heat records by lighting up the Charlotte Bobcats for 61 points. And he only took 33 shots. That's primetime. Oh, and he also contributed seven rebounds and five assists as Miami defeated Charlotte 124-107. (Fun fact: Carmelo's huge night came against the Bobcats, too.)
If you missed the game, here's a recap of every one of his scores:
A couple weeks ago, shared a conversation we had with Heat star Chris Bosh about becoming a superhero for the Disney XD show Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Well, it looks like one time as a comic book hero wasn't enough.
In a game against the Knicks last night, LeBron James had to wear a mask to protect his recently broken nose. But he apparently didn't keep a close enough eye on it because Bosh got hold of it, and, well:
Kyrie Irving Gets A MVP Trophy Holding Lesson From LeBron
He can cross up defenders and drive to the basket flawlessly. But Kyrie Irving needed some help when he was awarded this year's All-Star MVP trophy after leading the East to victory over the West, 163-155.
Irving, a two-time All-Star and first-time starter, recorded 31 points and 14 assists to help the East rebound from an 18 point deficit. An awesome stat line, but in Irving's moment of accepting the award, he didn't know what to do. That's when LeBron James, and few other All-Stars, stepped in with the assist to give the 21-year-old some guidance: Raise the trophy high above your head.
"I just wanted him to have his moment," James said afterward. "[It] seemed like he didn't know what to do, and I just wanted to try to give him a little tip. I'm extremely proud for him to receive this award. It's big time."
John Wall Saves The Dunk Contest
New rules. New energy. New winner.
This year's All-Star Slam Dunk Contest featured freestyle and battle rounds, which resulted in a lot of missed dunks. But Washington Wizards point guard John Wall's final dunk of the evening rescued the dunk competition from being being a snooze fest. With the help of the Wizards' mascot, the 6-foot-4 All-Star took flight over G-Wiz for a reverse jam. It brought a very quiet crowd in the Smoothie King Center, bored from blown dunks from both conferences, to its feet as Wall danced with G-Wiz and fellow dunk teammate Paul George after the throwdown completion.
It was only Wall's second time doing the dunk — he practiced it once last Thursday — but it was enough to crown the Eastern Conference dunk champions in the battle round and name Wall the dunker of the night. "Someone sent me a YouTube link that said '27 dunks that have never been done in the NBA dunk contest.' The first one was that one," Wall said. "It seemed hard, but for me it came out to be easy." (Wall shared his all-time favorite dunkers with SIKids.com last week.)
Defending champ Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors also enlisted some help for his dunk, tapping rapper Drake for assistance and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings teamed up with Shaquille O'Neal for his slam, which drew tons of laughs from fans who witnessed a moment of the "Shaqelmore" era.
There’s no denying one of the most exciting parts of NBA All-Star Weekend is the Slam Dunk Contest. Every year, fans across the country get to watch the league’s best dunkers perform jaw-dropping reverse jams, windmills, and tomahawk slams on the league’s biggest stage.
This year’s high-flying throw-down competition takes place tonight and will feature Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. While Wall is tight-lipped about what we can expect from his dunk performance this weekend, he did share his all-time favorite dunkers.
The biggest stars in basketball are headed to New Orleans for the NBA All-Star Game. The game will be played on Sunday at Smoothie King Center, the home of the Pelicans — but the festivities start today The Celebrity All-Star Game and Rising Stars Challenge kick things off, followed by the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and the Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night.
There’s a lot on the schedule, and some of the biggest events have been updated this season. So let Sports Illustrated Kids be your guide. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of an action-packed weekend!
We’re more than half way through the 2013-14 NBA season, and boy has it been electrifying and full of surprises. We’ve watched Kevin Durant single-handedly take over games with his hot hand, witnessed the Trail Blazers catch elite teams off guard to tally wins, while Roy Hibbert’s tightfisted defense has made the Pacers the best team in the league. With the start of the All-Star break, it’s only right to acknowledge a few individuals whose dominant performances and leadership have made the first half of this season incredible.
Most Valuable Player
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant, the league’s agile leading scorer (31.2 points per game), can catch and shoot while being double teamed and still knock down clutch shots. And he has carried the Thunder on his back since Russell Westbrook was sidelined in November. Durant scored 41 or more points five times — I repeat, five times! — in January and put up at least 30 points in 12 straight games. Oh, and he’s grabbing boards too, recording nine double-double this season. On defense, he’s got a solid 75 total steals this season. The numbers don’t lie: Durant is the best.