In the second quarter of this exhibition spectacular, Paul dribbled down the court to find himself isolated near the baseline against Chris Bosh. This is not fair to Bosh. Other point guards have a hard time not looking foolish against Paul, let alone power forwards.
Paul took this opportunity to display his crafty handles. He went through a series of crossovers and a spin move, all while just gliding along the court, as Bosh had to be getting dizzy just trying to follow him.
Then, as Bosh established his defensive position, Paul went with a between-the-legs dribble.
Now, there is nothing fancy about a between-the-legs dribble. They happen all the time in NBA games. However, the majority of the time, players are dribbling between their own legs. Paul went through Bosh's legs and went around to continue his dribble on the other side before Bosh even knew what happened.
This highlight could have been even more spectacular as Paul appeared to be looking for an alley-oop pass to finish things off, but play was halted by a whistle for a foul.
This play encapsulates the essence of the All-Star Game. It was an eye-popping display of fluid and creative moves by Paul, but it came against less-than-elite defensive pressure. It also didn't prove to be particularly effective.
However, it was fun to watch, and for this game, that is what everyone is looking for.