As if the wait weren’t long enough, seeing a Warrior in the All-Star Game took a little bit longer than Dub Nation would have liked. David Lee was the last player to see the court in Houston for the West squad, but he certainly made the most of his time on the court, finishing with six points, two rebounds and two steals in the West’s 143-138 win in the 62nd NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.
Lee checked into the game with 9:23 left in the second quarter, bringing an end to a streak that saw the Warriors go 5,852 days without an All-Star (Latrell Sprewell, February 9, 1997). He made his first two shot attempts, helping the West to its third-straight win in this midseason showcase.
Warriors reporter Lawrence Scott had behind-the-scenes access to all of the All-Star festivities, and he wrapped up his coverage from Houston in the following report:
The All-Star Game brought an end to a memorable All-Star Weekend that saw plenty of Warriors representation. It started with Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes taking part in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday. The Warriors duo combined to score 12-straight points for Team Shaq in the second half of the exhibition game, which featured 20 of the NBA’s top first and second-year players.
The excitement continued on All-Star Saturday when Stephen Curry took aim for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. Many predicted the Warriors guard would win the shootout in this, his second time participating in the event, and a 27-point practice round last week did nothing but raise expectations. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Curry made just two of his first 11 shots, and that slow start cost him a shot as the finals. He rallied at the end, making nine of his last 10 shots to finish with 17 points, but was just two short of the 19 that Matt Bonner posted to advance to the finals.
Results wise, the Warriors’ one victory at All-Star Weekend came in Sunday’s main event, but the successes in this annual showcase is hardly based on wins and losses. Simply being there is an achievement in itself, and there is no question that Lee belongs if you trust the words of LeBron James, Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant.
Take another look of all that was All-Star Weekend in the photo gallery below and be sure to check out our All-Star Weekend Pinterest board for even more looks at the Warriors in Houston.
While All-Star Weekend was a lot of fun, it’s now time for the Warriors to return to the grind of the season. The team has 30 games left, and they’ll certainly look to make their push for the postseason. The action starts back up on Tuesday in Utah and the Warriors will be back home on Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Suns on Klay Thompson Bobblehead Night.