The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin– then stopped its losing streak at the NBA All-Star Game.
Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game’s MVP, Carmelo Anthony made an All-Star record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points, and the East rallied for a 163-155 victory over the West on Sunday night.
“It’s a great honor,” Irving said. “We had a few MVPs. Everyone out here today is an MVP.”
Durant and Griffin each finished with 38 points, four shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record. But the East scored the final 10 points to pull out a game it trailed by 18.
Irving scored 15 points in the fourth quarter as the East ended a three-game losing streak. LeBron Jameshad 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
“The superstars of our league were just telling us to compete on every play,” Irving said. “Trying to play as much defense as possible. You know, sticking to our game plan. We had a game plan going in and we executed.”
Griffin shot 19 of 23, while Durant finished with 10 rebounds and six assists.
But the West was shut out after Durant’s 3-pointer gave it a 155-153 lead with 1:59 left. Indiana’s Paul George made three free throws, Anthony nailed his final 3-pointer, and James scored to make it 161-155. George closed it out with two more free throws and finished with 18 points.
The game that usually doesn’t get tight until the final minutes was close throughout the fourth quarter, neither team leading by more than four until the final minute.
Chris Paul had 11 points and 13 assists, and first-time All-Star Stephen Curry had 12 points and 11 assists for the West. But the best point guard on the floor was Irving, who shot 14 of 17 and helped the East ring up 87 points in the second half after it surrendered a record 89 in the first.
In a colorful tribute to New Orleans, players wore sneakers and socks that ranged from green and blue to orange and purple, making the game look like a Mardi Gras parade.
The parade was one of layups and dunks for the West, which scored 44 points in the first quarter and 45 in the second. Griffin had 18 points in the first quarter and Durant had 22 at halftime, both two shy of records set by Glen Rice in 1997.
And there was plenty of music, the rosters and starting lineups introduced around a concert by Pharrell Williams, who was joined by his own All-Stars in Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Snoop Dogg.
Magic Johnson led a band, too, encouraging the All-Stars to join him in singing “Happy Birthday” after the first quarter to Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the NBA’s greatest champion who was celebrating his 80th.
The All-Stars played better than they sang.
The East finished with 61 percent shooting, needing all sorts of offense after it simply couldn’t defend Durant and Griffin.
Durant made 6 3-pointers and easily blew past the 28.8 points he had been averaging in All-Star games, which was an NBA record.
Outside of the ugly sleeved jerseys, it was a good look for the NBA’s midseason showcase, bouncing back strongly from an even All-Star Saturday night.
Woods birdied the par-5 15th to open a two-stroke lead, hitting a wedge from about 120 yards to 4 feet. On the par-5 18th, she matched Lee with a birdie, holing out from 1 1/2 feet.
“This is a huge accomplishment for me,” Woods said. “The European Tour has been great to be able to play this past year. I’ve been able to see all of these great players, play with Solheim Cup members … to be able to come out here and compete with them and come out on top was huge for me.”
According to the Motion Picture Association, hispanics are the top minority in the US as it relates frequent moviegoing. Latinos account for roughly 30% of the US population and live in a world of cultural duality enjoying the ability to be bi cultural. Further, they typically have incomes of 50k-100k to support a family.
Pop culture pop quiz? Who has four feature films to his credit, worked with the likes of DeNiro, Forest Whitaker, J-LO, 50 Cent, Pitbull and Enrique Iglesais just to name a few? Hold on…Here’s a hint: He is a Dominican – American Director & Producer with 20+ years experience.
Answer: The 38 year old Jessy Terrero.
Any 40 under 40 power media list that includes an accurate cross section of the population that doesn’t include Terrero clearly made a mistake. He has enough projects in development to warrant a Hollywood Reporter feature and cemented seat at the Polo Lounge or the Ivy
SYDsLIST: What is your personal mission?
Terrero: My personal mission is to inspire kids that grew up under similar circumstances that getting to where they want to be in life is possible with hard-work and perseverance. I’m committed to opening as many doors as I can in the film industry for anyone that deserves to be there.
SYDsLIST: 3 words that describe your brand:
Terrero: Impacting, Pop-culture, Strong
SYDsLIST: What’s next?
Terrero: Right now, outside of being a director, I am currently producing an episodic screenplay adaption of the critically acclaimed fiction, Wild Cowboys: Urban Marauders and the Forces of Order, for series television. Wild Cowboys, written by author Robert Jackall, tells a story involving Dominicans in the late 80s, early 90s in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Producing Wild Cowboys is part of a grander plan – one that places me at the forefront of a Latino shift within American entertainment. “I’m taking on this project as an opportunity to put more Latino characters on the big screen.”
SYDsLIST Global salutes Terrero for forging new paths in the entertainment industry and beyond!
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Swiss-born American actress, model, singer and dancer Kat Graham recently stopped byTerry Richardson‘s studio for some time in front of the camera. Best known for her role on The Vampire Diaries.