Despite the frigid temperatures in Toronto, players, celebs, and their families had a ball at All-Star Weekend leading up to the big game last night.
It was a bittersweet opening to the game as the crowd and fellow players acknowledged Kobe Bryant‘s final appearance at the All-Stars. A four-time All-Star MVP, Kobe’s farewell was kicked off by a speech from Magic Johnson, followed by a video montage of major NBA faces paying homage to the retiring legend.
Russell Westbrook continued his winning streak, helping to lead the West to a 196-173 win and taking home the NBA All-Star Game MVP honors. “I was honestly surprised I won it again,” Westbrook told ESPN. “I was very surprised to have my name called. I’m happy and blessed to be in the game again and for the opportunity.” Stephen Curry came through in the clutch, hitting a three-pointer inside the half-court stripe with just seconds left in the game. Check out highlights above.
To top it off, fans are calling this year’s Slam Dunk contests one of the best in NBA All-Star history. Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine went head-to-head racking up perfect scores, and even ran out of dunks to do.
Funny man Kevin Hart challenged power forward Draymond Green to a 3-point contest. Despite his, um, obvious disadvantage, Hart almost tied with the Golden State Warriors pro. Check out the hilarious clip:
If you were able to catch the TNT pre-show, you would have noticed a little ping-pong face-off between Drake and Reggie Miller. The NBA legend and TNT analyst challenged Drizzy on Twitter earlier this month, and it seems they were serious. Catch footage of the #HotlinePing below:
In between games, celebs also had a chance to step out for some partying. The Curry’s, The Pauls and The Wades both squeezed in a date night.
Oh, and we hope you didn’t think the below-zero weather would stop our faves from showing some leg…
NBA All-Star Weekend Recap: Kobe’s Farewell, Drake & Reggie Miller’s Ping-Pong Challenge, & More! was originally published on globalgrind.com
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