East takes 76-69 lead at half of All-Star game
Dallas native Chris Bosh had 10 points and eight rebounds to
help push the East to a 76-69 halftime lead over the West in the
NBA All-Star game being played before the largest basketball crowd
ever Sunday night.
There was a much different atmosphere for the second NBA
All-Star game played in the Dallas area. The other was played only
weeks before Bosh’s second birthday.
In 1986, a crowd of 16,573 filled Reunion Arena, the downtown
Dallas venue that was demolished last year.
More than 90,000 tickets were sold for this game in the $1.2
billion Cowboys Stadium – and the place was packed. The stadium
opened last summer in Arlington, a city of more than 370,000
located between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Bosh, who plays for Toronto, entered the game midway through the
first quarter with a dunk that put the East ahead. After both sides
traded baskets for a couple of minutes, Bosh put his team ahead
again with a left-handed putback slam over Dallas Mavericks star
LeBron James and Dwight Howard had 11 points each for the East
squad, while Dwyane Wade had 10 points and six assists.
Carmelo Anthony led the West with 17 points and eight rebounds,
while Nowitzki had eight points. Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash,
Nowitzki’s teammate in Dallas from 1998-2004, had seven
Nash had five assists in the first six minutes of the game,
including consecutive baskets by Anthony that put the West up 16-9.
The West scored the game’s first six points, Nowitzki getting the
first two baskets.
Nash assisted on another Anthony basket before Bosh’s
rim-rattling entry into the game.
Howard then helped pushed the East ahead for the first time,
hitting a 3-pointer, blocking a shot by Anthony and then adding a
three-point play with a slam dunk and a free throw. Wade then had a
steal that led to James’ layup that made it 17-16.
Boston’s Paul Pierce, who won the 3-Point Shootout on Saturday
night, hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first quarter to
push the East ahead 37-34.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, the co-MVPs of last year’s
game, which the West won 145-119 in Phoenix, did not play in this
Bryant was voted in as a starter but didn’t play because of a
sore left ankle that forced him to miss the Los Angeles Lakers’
last three games. O’Neal wasn’t selected to the Eastern Conference
When Bryant declared himself out of the game, Nowitzki was
installed as the starter and Mavericks guard Jason Kidd was added
to the roster.
New Orleans point guard Chris Paul was unable to play while
recovering from surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee,
and he used a single crutch for support when he was introduced
during pregame introductions. He has already missed seven games for
the Hornets and is expected to be out another three to five
Derrick Rose didn’t participate in the Saturday night
festivities, passing up a chance to defend his Skills Challenge
title, because of a bruised right hip sustained in Chicago’s last
game Wednesday night when he got knocked to the floor by Howard on
a driving layup.
But Rose, one of nine first-time All-Stars, didn’t miss the main
event, entering Sunday’s game with four points in the second