NBA All-Star Game once more sees tons of factors, lack of protection regardless of name for higher competitors | EUROtoday

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The first half of the All-Star Game was record-setting, and never precisely the more-competitive degree of play that the NBA was searching for.

The Eastern Conference led the Western Conference 104-89 at halftime Sunday evening — with the 193 factors probably the most ever scored in an All-Star half. The earlier document was set final yr, when 191 factors have been scored earlier than halftime.

The East tied the document for factors in any half; the West additionally had 104 within the second half of the 2016 sport in Toronto, which it gained 196-173.

A defense-optional tone was set very early. Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton had 5 3-pointers in a 1:32 span within the first quarter, serving to the East take a 53-47 lead after the opening 12 minutes.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and different league executives have been searching for a extra aggressive All-Star Game after final season’s 184-175 matchup was broadly panned — and tv scores plummeted.

Even Hall of Famer Larry Bird, honored Sunday on the NBA Legends Brunch, stated hoped the message from the league resonated and gamers took the All-Star Game just a little extra severely.

“I know what this league’s all about and I’m very proud of it,” Bird stated. “I’m proud of today’s players. I like the game they play. … I think it’s very important when you have the best players in the world together, you’ve got to compete and you’ve got to play hard and you’ve got to show the fans how good they really are.”

It had a big-game, Finals-type environment — however clearly, nothing close to a playoff really feel. Luka Doncic shot a 70-footer late within the first half, Donovan Mitchell threw a 50-foot inbounds move underhand, Bam Adebayo inbounded a ball off Nikola Jokic’s bottom earlier than dribbling downcourt and making a 3, and Devin Booker went by pregame with a hat on backwards.