NBA All-Star Game 2013 Video: Watch Russell Westbrook's Ferocious Alley-Oop Slam

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2013

James Harden and Russell Westbrook connected for a nasty alley-oop at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

As the Western Conference was up, 27-24, with 1:19 left in the first quarter, the Houston Rockets guard let go of the ball near the top of the key, with his former teammate snatching the ball out of the air and throwing it down with his right hand.

As with so many All-Star Games throughout the years, this year's edition is often nothing more than a glorified scrimmage with guys from both conferences just chucking three-pointers and sending home ferocious dunks to little or no opposition from the defense.

The fans who tune into the All-Star Game want to see highlight-reel plays. On this play, Harden and Westbrook did not disappoint.

What was especially nice about the play was that it was a connection between guys who have built quite a relationship in the past few years. The two played together with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Harden was traded to the Rockets.

It was a fun storyline going in to see Harden, Westbrook and Kevin Durant all on the same team again. They had helped to turn the Thunder into one of the most exciting young teams in recent memory. Then came the trade that broke that nucleus up.

Watching this play might have made fans yearn for what could have been. Instead, Harden and the combo of Westbrook and Durant have proven they can be successful without one another.

Here's to hoping the trio gets to play in some more All-Star Games down the road.