NBA All-Star Game 2012: This Year's Show Proved That We Should Watch Every Year

Baily Deeter@@deetersportsSenior Writer IIIFebruary 27, 2012

A Blake Griffin All-Star slam dunk.
A Blake Griffin All-Star slam dunk.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The first six minutes of the 2012 NBA All-Star game featured better dunks then the entire 2012 Slam Dunk contest

In total, 301 points were scored.

How's that for an All-Star game?

This year's edition of the All-Star game brought entertainment and a close contest. Kobe Bryant (27 points) passed Michael Jordan on the game's all-time scoring list, Kevin Durant's 36 points earned him MVP honors and Blake Griffin gave us a show with monstrous dunks and 22 points.

The Western Conference came out on top 152-149, a score we aren't likely to see until this game next year. Points were easy to come by in the All-Star game, as always.

Most NBA fans love to see a close, high-scoring game, and the All-Star game brought exactly that. Dunks were common from both sides, and Chris Paul and Griffin—teammates during the season—put on a show.

During the first quarter, Paul dribbled up on a fastbreak, and as he approached the hoop, he delivered a pass through his legs to Griffin, who was trailing behind him, for the dunk.

That's the kind of play fans want to see but don't get during the regular season.

In a game where offense is encouraged, dunks are frequent and the NBA's best are on display, there's no reason to not watch—unless the Oscars are on at the same time and happen to lure you.

For fans that were disappointed that players like LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin weren't selected to the Dunk Contest, here you go. This game is like a mini dunk contest.

And this year, the All-Star Game's dunks were better than the Dunk Contest's dunks.

Records will be broken in this game, like Kobe Bryant passing Michael Jordan (262 points) on the game's all-time scoring list with 271 points. The games are usually close, because the lack of defense allows for easy comebacks.

That's why the East rallied from down 21 in the third quarter.

To summarize, if you like close, high-scoring, exciting games with all the best players on display, the All-Star game is for you.

Once again, the game proved why people should watch it again and again.

Now, it's up to us to actually tune in and keep this thing alive.