Thanks in large part to an impressive shortage of defense, the Eastern and the Western Conferences combined to score a record 318 points in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. That was just the tip of the iceberg in this year’s affair, though, as numerous records were broken.
The Eastern Conference posted a whopping 163 points without needing an overtime period, which set a record for most points by a team in an All-Star Game. The previous high was 155 points by the Western Conference in 2003, but it needed two overtimes to get there.
The sky-high regulation scores can give credit to a record-setting barrage of three-pointers. Both teams combined to jack up 100 attempts from beyond the arc which crushed the previous record of 71 attempts set a year ago.
For the Eastern Conference, Carmelo Anthony drained eight of 13 attempts from long distance. Eight three-point makes broke the previous mark of six, set by Mark Price (1993) and LeBron James (2012).
The Western Conference attained the single-team record by attempting an absurd 56 threes. Although the West cashed in 16 of them (another record), they shot just 28.6 percent from deep—hardly All-Star caliber. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was 2-of-11 from downtown while Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant finished 6-of-17 from long range.
Speaking of Durant, he and Los Angeles Clippers All-Star starter Blake Griffin posted a game-high 38 points apiece. That number is tied for the third most by an individual in an All-Star Game with NBA legend Rick Barry who scored 38 in 1967. Only Wilt Chamberlain (42 points in 1962) and Michael Jordan (40 points in 1988) have scored more in a single All-Star competition, per ESPN Stats & Info.
En route to his 38 points, Griffin made a record-setting 19 field goals. Most of them were dunks—10 to be exact.
In fact, as The Boston Globe’s Brian Mahoney pointed out, Blake “had eight slams in the first 11 minutes.” The fast pace clearly favored Griffin’s ability to run the floor as a big man.
“This game is for the fans,” Griffin said during his postgame interview. “They don’t really want to see me shooting jump shots, so, you know, it’s cool to be able to get up and down and have fun with it.”
The previous high of made field goals was 17 by Chamberlain (1962), Jordan (1988) and Kevin Garnett (2003).
While the defenses stepped up their intensity a tad in the fourth quarter, neither team recorded a blocked shot.
Forty-eight minutes without a swat? It’s not hard to figure out why so many offensive records were broken Sunday.