Posted Feb 20 2011 5:54PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All-Star Saturday night was watched by 8.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched event in its 26-year history.
TNT says its coverage drew 23 percent more viewers than its previous record of 6.5 million in 2009.
Saturday's event, highlighted by Clippers rookie Blake Griffin leaping over a car to win the slam dunk contest, drew a 4.4 national rating, a 13 percent increase over the 3.9 in 2009.
The viewers and ratings were both more than 40 percent higher than last year, when the event featured a lackluster dunk contest in Dallas.
|Raptors vs. Bulls|
Derrick Rose scores 29 points, Jimmy Butler adds 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Bulls snap the Raptors' six-game winning streak with a 129-120 victory.
|Hustle Leads to Slam|
Memphis keeps the ball in play and Vince Carter finishes with an amazing slam.
|Dwight's Sick Spike|
Jason Terry lofts it up to Dwight Howard who climbs the ladder for the sick spike.
|Kemba's Nice No-Look |
Kemba Walker delivers the sweet no-look to Gerald Henderson who cuts inside for the jam.
Cody Zeller drives to the basket and finishes with a powerful slam.