The NBA’s All-Star Weekend was a major success in Toronto, as it was the first one to take place north of the border.
The West defeated the East 196-173 at the All-Star game, which was played at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.
It’s the 21st season for the Raptors, who hosted the festivities for the first time in franchise history. The team was represented by Kyle Lowry, who scored 14 points and DeMar DeRozan, who had 18 points.
It was the 65th All-Star game and a star-studded event with many stars in the city, including Toronto Rapper Drake and actor/comedian Kevin Hart, who were both coaching at the celebrity game.
Musical sensation Sting played the half-time show and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was playing in his 18th and final All-Star game. He spoke to the crowd before the game and expressed his appreciation with what is his farewell tour this year.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder won the Most Valuable Player award for the second straight year.
Zach Levine of the Minnesota Timberwolves was crowned the Slam Dunk champion for the second straight season. Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors won the 3-Point contest and Karl Anthony-Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves won the Skills Compettion.
Charolette, North Carolina will play host to NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017.
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) February 15, 2016