Yet this was not the NBA All-Star game where players clear the way to let the game's star show off their dunking prowess. Yet, there was Josh Smith trying to make fools out of the Miami Heat as he tried an acrobatic dunk towards the end of a meaningless game.
Now the Heat are hoping to make Smith look like the fool.
"Win, lose, or draw, you're supposed to be classy," Dwyane Wade commented in regards to Smith's dunk attempt.
The Hawks ensured themselves a hostile atmosphere when they go to Miami for Game 6. From the crowd, and from the Heat players.
"I don't mind. Let's turn it up a notch," Wade's co-captain Udonis Haslem said of the situation.
In sports, athletes always look for something to fire them up. Many are hoping that Smith's disrespect will provide a spark for the Heat.
After being man-handled and given a flagrant foul he did not deserve, the Heat's Dwyane Wade found his touch in the second half of Wednesday's game. Heat fans everywhere are hoping that he will be himself in Miami on Friday.
The Heat must win Games 6 and 7 to advance to face the Cavaliers in round two. If there were to be a Game 7, the series would head back to Atlanta.