NBA 2015 All-Star Games: 7 Moments That Made Us Lose Our Minds
February 12, 2015 - 2:22 pm
All-Star games are meant to be brilliant. In an impressive display of athleticism and swag, the league's fan favorites get the chance to flex on the court even moreso than they already do on a nightly basis. With the 2015 games descending on both New York's Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center this weekend, VIBE hit rewind on some of the most epic moments from All-Stars past. Relive the highflying action above.
Compiled By: Richy Rosario, Olivia Jade Khoury and Adelle Platon
Michael Jordan is the real MVP. In 1998, the basketball legend led the East to a 135-114 win against the West. Scoring 23 points while battling the flu and taking home the MVP crown, MJ simultaneously beat (then rookie) 19-year-old Kobe Bryant.
In 2012, Kobe broke more than just coveted All-Star Weekend feats. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade tried to foul the Lakers All-Star but accidentally broke Bryant's nose instead. After the incident, Kobe beat Jordan’s 262-point record for most leading scorer in All-Star game history with 271.
L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin stole the 2011 Slam Dunk show by flying over a Kia (he endorses the car company) and seamlessly to the rim. OG Baron Davis and a choir singing R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" also cameo.
You couldn't tell former Toronto Raptor Vince Carter nothin' about his 2000 Slam Dunk contest performance. Pulling a reverse 360-degree windmill dunk and a flawless honey dip, Vince gave the crowd what they came for. Including Kevin Garnett and Shaq, who had camcorders.
After being diagnosed with HIV, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. was M.I.A. all season. Despite many NBA players' concerns, Johnson was voted an All-Star in the 1992 game and made an appearance on the hardwood. The Los Angeles Laker annihilated the game and won the MVP title that year, even getting a peck on the cheek from then-foe Isiah Thomas.