Luol Deng, representing the Eastern Conference, is introduced at his first All-Star Game.
During All-Star weekend, Kevin Love, Team Chuck, Team New York, Tony Parker, Jeremy Evans and the Western Conference emerged victorious during their various events.
However, many (including me) thought the dunk contest didn't live up to the expectations set by last year's contest, and many people didn't tune into the Skills Challenge, Rising Stars Challenge—or any of the other events.
For those who did, you'll remember the best performances from the weekend. Individuals put on a show they'll remember for the rest of their lives, and I'm here to honor them.
Here are the three best performances from All-Star weekend.
Kevin Love hoists the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout trophy after he emerged victorious during the contest.
After watching the Slam Dunk Contest, many thought if Kevin Love entered, he could win. But Love had other plans.
While Jeremy Evans, Paul George, Derrick Williams, and Chase Budinger squared off in the dunk contest, Kevin Love, the Timberwolves power forward, won the three-point shootout.
Guess the Three-Point Contest needed Love more.
Love beat Kevin Durant, who would go on to dominate in the All-Star game, by scoring 16 out of a possible 30 points during the contest. Durant scored 14, so the contest was close.
During the beginning of the final round, Love struggled, but he turned it on as the contest progressed. No one thought it could happen, as everyone expected Mario Chalmers, James Jones or Durant to win—but somehow Love came out on top.
And he had the third best performance of the weekend.
Kyrie Irving hoists the MVP trophy at the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge.
Just like in the All-Star game, the Rising Stars Challenge doesn't feature much defense. That didn't stop Kyrie Irving from shooting like a madman.
Irving made all eight of his three-point attempts, finished with 34 points and snagged the MVP trophy during the 2012 Rising Stars challenge. The Duke rookie guided Team Chuck to a 146-133 win over Team Shaq.
The league's best rookies and second-year players were on display, but Irving outplayed them all, including recent sensation Jeremy Lin. His reward? A shiny new MVP trophy.
Unlike Kevin Love, who no one thought would emerge victorious, Irving was expected to shine. He has guided Cleveland from the cellar of the league to success, and he did the same to Team Chuck.
And his performance was only topped by one other player.
Kevin Durant hoists the All-Star Game MVP trophy.
No one shined brighter than Kevin Durant during All-Star weekend.
Durant's 36 points netted him the All-Star MVP award as the West took down the East 152-149. Durant lit up the East with his shooting, which has gotten him a long way during his career.
If he keeps it up, he'll have many more All-Star games to play in and another All-Star Game MVP.
But for now, Durant can savor this MVP performance. Just like he's done with the Thunder, he guided the best players in the league to success against LeBron, D-Wade, Dwight Howard and the East.
Because this is just the start of a long line of spectacular performances during All-Star weekend.