On a night where the NBA’s best gathered to put on one hell of show, it was Kyrie Irving who reigned supreme.
The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard earned himself Most Valuable Player honours in just his third All-Star game appearance, as the Eastern Conference All-Stars beat their Western counter parts 163-155, setting a new All-Star game record for combined points in the process.
"I was just going out there to try and compete with these great athletes. It's a real honour to be selected the MVP. Everyone here is an MVP," Irving said after the game.
He did face some stiff competition from the likes of Carmelo Anthony, who went absolutely crazy from behind the arc. The reigning NBA scoring champion set a new All-Star record with eight threes and finished the game with 30 points.
And of course the current League and Finals MVP LeBron James was also in the mix after flirting with a triple-double yet again, tallying 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in addition to continuing to tease us with some jaw-dropping rim rockers.
I suppose it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that Irving took home the MVP trophy. After all, he had led his Cavaliers to four straight wins prior to the All-Star Break and averaged 22 points and seven dimes.
Nonetheless, the team still held a sub-par 20-33 record prior to the break.
Then again, if the way Dion Waiters played during the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday is anything to go by, things could be about to take a turn for the better really soon for the Cavs. They are just three games out of the eighth seed in the abysmal Eastern Conference..
Irving finished the game with 31 points, 14 assists and five rebounds on 14-17 (3-6 3pt) shooting.