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February 19th
The 5 Highlights of NBA All Star Weekend 2013

And just like that All Star Weekend 2013 is in the books. All the dunks, crossovers, and celebrity shenanigans have become a mere footnote in NBA history as the West stormed past the East, winning 143 – 138. Chris Paul earned MVP honors, scoring 20 points and dishing 15 assists – including several to teammate Blake Griffin, who threw down no less than 9 dunks on the evening. But not all the action occurred on Sunday, as our ongoing coverage from Houston has attested to. You’ve already seen our behind the scenes footage of some of the hottest Weekend festivities. But, like you, we were more pumped for the actual competitions than anything else. Here are the 5 KEY things that stood out to us as we flocked to the Houston hardwood Friday through Sunday to witness the best of the best.

1. Terrence Ross May Have the Most Bounce in the NBA
The lone Toronto representative this All Star Weekend was Terrence Ross, who surprised many in attendance to win the annual Dunk Contest. Though we followed the young hooper since his days as a Washington Husky, we have to admit, we weren’t ready for him to pause mid-air for what felt like minutes in his spectacular final dunk.

2. Kobe’s Still Got It
Block me once, shame on you. Block me twice, shame on LeBron. Kobe’s all for reminding people that he’s unlike any player to ever play the game. ‘Bron may be a reigning MVP and NBA Champion, but Kobe is the league’s only Black Mamba – a notable feat without fear of duplication.

3. Kevin Hart is Hilarious
Oh, you know that already? Duh.

4. CP3 to Blake Griffin Should Be The Most Feared Twosome in the League
Los Angeles made its presence felt in Houston on Sunday as CP3 became the Clipper’s first ever All Star Game MVP. However, per usual, conversation centered around Blake Griffin, who leapt for 9 impressive throw-dunks during the game.  Their chemistry was on full display Sunday, and though it’s only an exhibition, their performance should instill some fear in other Championship contenders come Playoffs time.

5. Kyrie. Kyrie. Kyrie.
Not only was he everywhere, he was impressive everywhere. He became talk of the town on Friday, after making Brandon Knight stumble and fall with a dazzling crossover. Talk carried on throughout Saturday as he beat out favorites Stephen Curry and Steve Novak in the 3 Point Shootout. And he ended the weekend by stepping up to guard he league’s best point guard in Chris Paul while scoring 15 points of his own. Folks, we’re watching the NBA’s next big superstar. Kudos Kyrie.