Points for Style
The East disposed of the West by a 732-691 margin Sunday night in a record-breaking All-Star contest that featured less defensive intensity than the Pro Bowl. The East actually prevailed 163-155 (the most points ever in an ASG) after falling behind 18 points in the second half. MVP Kyrie Irving netted 31 and Carmelo Anthony, who smiled for the first time since October, added 30, including a record eight 3-pointers. How little defense was played? There were zero (0) blocks in the game for the first time since the NBA started counting blocks.
Highlights included: Pregame performer Pharrell’s humongous hats and his entire performance with Snoop, Nelly, Busta Rhymes and Diddy … Steph Curry splitting LeBron and Wade with a between-the-legs dribble … Irving schooling Dwight Howard … Blake Griffin‘s windmill dunk … James‘s sick alley-oop jam … The “Sager or Sofa?” game … Here’s your All-Star Weekend sneaker watch and the tweet of the night.
Image of Yao Sitting Next to Regular Dude Is Staggering
Best Buzzer Beater You’ll See All Year
That’s not hyperbole, and it was actually a fan who sunk the miracle shot during a contest. It went down at West Chester University, where the student needed to hit a layup, free throw, three pointer, and half court shot in only 25 seconds. I’ll let SB Nation give you the bad news but hit it here for another atypical, incredible fan contest with a happy ending.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Today’s lovely lady is stunning actress-model Jasmine Waltz, who was rumored to be “with” Michael Phelps for a period. Guyism has the Las Vegas native’s best Instagram photos, and here she is washing down a car in a bikini. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
More Than One Way to Stay in Shape
This offseason, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino kept his heart rate elevated with a “UFC Fit” program designed for MMA fighters. In the National League, 2013 Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez has spent the winter biking nearly 600 (!!!) miles a week.
Red, White and Black & Blue
Yesterday evening Great Britain halfpipe skier Rowan Cheshire suffered a brutal crash during training. Here’s the after picture from the hospital. While we’re at it, here’s the biggest wipeouts and crashes from Sochi. Listen close and you can hear hopes and dreams dying.
It’s Still Bobsled Time
The 8-bit animated Jamaican bobsled song appeared in Weekend Hot Clicks yesterday. Now here’s the tune synced perfectly with the squad’s actual run.
Odds & Ends
The best (and least flattering) male figure skating faces … Bubba Watson’s one-year-old son adorably celebrates his father’s Northern Trust Open win … Say goodbye to Augusta’s Eisonhower tree … Hey ladies: Get a hold of the Men of Curling calendar … Officials postponed the men’s snowboard cross and the 15K biathlon due to an overwhelming fog monster … Here’s a cat falling through the roof of a Sochi arena … HBO hooked up some Olympians with their own Game of Thrones sigils … Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked out other pilot and hijacked (or “re-directed”) plane to Switzerland, where he’s seeking asylum.
Happy in Sochi
In honor of Pharrell’s performance, here’s his upbeat track “Happy” set to the triumph and joy of Olympics athletes, fans and the giant white bear. [H/T Josh Gold-Smith]
Update: Well that video is gone, so here’s the NBA’s rendition:
The Adirondack Phantoms and the Portland Pirates of the AHL went at it, then went at it again at 1:15 leaving a “yard sale of equipment to clean up.” (Fantastic work by the announcer.) [It's Always Sunny In Detroit]
Rooster Breaks Loose on Soccer Field
With moves that would make veteran streakers blush (gets good around 1:20). [Holdout Sports]