- NBA All-Star Celebrity Game:
East 88 – West 59
Highlights: Brandon Armstrong, Jason Williams Help East Dominate West – History has been made. The East team won the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday in an enormous victory, pulling away in the second half for a 88-59 final score. The East, led by musician Win Butler (22 points, 11 rebounds), NBA impersonator Brandon Armstrong (16 points), and former NBA star Jason Williams, kept pouring it on even as the game progressed. “We’re not the Falcons,” East head coach Jemele Hill said during a second half timeout. It was a historic blowout of the West, coached by Hill’s ESPN co-host Michael Smith. The real star was Jarrius Robertson, a kid from New Orleans who is waiting for a liver transplant. The celebs put him in the game in the fourth quarter and he drained a shot. In the worst moment of any celebrity game thus far, there was also a mannequin challenge early in the game.
- BBVA Compass Rising Star Challenge:
World 150 – USA 141
Highlights: As part of the NBA’s All-Star showcase, the World defeated Team USA 150-141 behind Jamal Murray‘s MVP performance in the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge in New Orleans on Friday. New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis, who should be playing during the Sunday portion of All-Star Weekend soon, showed off the shooting touch that has made him the face of his franchise. World teammates Porzingis and Buddy Hield ended up going back and forth for a while. They were the only World players who scored in double figures during the first half and finished with a combined 52 points. Denver Nuggets rookie Murray had a game-high 36 points on 9-of-14 shooting from three-point range to take home MVP honors. Even though the United States came up short in its quest for victory, it had no shortage of its own highlights. Frank Kaminsky would have made a great case for MVP if the U.S. had won. He led the team with 33 points and made nine of his 13 three-pointers. Behind Kaminsky, Karl-Anthony Towns showcased all of the skills that make him one of the NBA’s best talents already at the age of 21. The Minnesota Timberwolves standout had 24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.