Twitter Reaction to 2013 NBA All-Star Game

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Twitter Reaction to 2013 NBA All-Star Game
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The East hung around in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, but in the end, the West came away with a 143-138 victory at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The West jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the East got back on track and made it a 31-26 game after one quarter.

Here's a connection between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter, courtesy of Bleacher Report:

The East continued to look better in the second quarter, as strong play by James, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving continued to narrow the deficit. The West led through 24 minutes of action, 69-65.

 Irving showed off his moves by splitting the defense and finishing strong in the second quarter:

Chris Paul added to Chris Bosh's sub-par showing in Houston:

Through one half, the West was shooting 56 percent, while the East was shooting "only" 49 percent. The East countered the disadvantage with 10 offensive rebounds in the first half (three by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah).

Both teams were neck-and-neck in the third quarter, as each scored 39 points in the period, and the West clung to a four-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes behind strong team play. Wade gave the East a boost with nine points in the frame.

But the West took control of the game down the stretch, scoring seven unanswered points before the East took a timeout with 2:32 remaining in the contest. The final two points of that run were sparked by Kobe Bryant's block of James, leading to a fast-break dunk for Kevin Durant.

Chris Paul finished with 20 points, 15 assists and four steals.

Durant finished with a game-high 30 points on 13-of-24 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two steals.

Six different West players scored in double digits, as the West shot 55 percent from the field. The West scored 27 points on 20 East turnovers.

 

Twitter Reaction

When recording artist Ne-Yo took to the stage while the West roster was being announced, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News joined many in expressing their disapproval:

NBA writer Noam Schiller took a shot at Dwight Howard's dancing "skills" before the game:

Bleacher Report's own Gabe Zaldivar joined in on the D12 thrashing:

And while NBA All-Star Weekend is supposed to be all about the fans, they may have a hard time relating to the stars out on the court after this tweet by sports business reporter Darren Rovell:

Not Bill Walton reflected some people's belief that LeBron James gets star treatment:

Chris Bosh never seems to escape the public's wrath. After the Miami Heat big man shot his second air ball of the game, Derek Schultz of 1260 WNDE Indianapolis was blunt:

Early in the second quarter, Marcus Thompson, who covers the Golden State Warriors for Bay Area News Group, detected some bias with power forward David Lee still not in the game:

LeBron James set an All-Star Game record on Sunday night, passing teammate Ray Allen in the process, per ESPN Stats & Info:

On the other hand, Kevin Durant broke one of LeBron's All-Star Game records on the same night, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:

Durant also added this little nugget, via Thunder Stats & Info

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