Arlington, TX - The 2010 NBA All-Star game held at Dallas Stadium was the biggest crowd to view an NBA All-Star game with a capacity crowd of 108,713. The Lone Star state known for football broke a world record by hosting the event at the newly built Cowboy stadium. A humongous jumbo-tron sits in the center of the stadium for upper tier seating and suits while the lower seating and floor seats enjoyed a raised court equivalent to viewing a boxing match.
The loudest cheers of the night came when Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys owners Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones came on the court to announce the attendance record, which was also the largest in the 1.2 billion buildings history. Many wonder if that number can be topped when the 2011 Super Bowl comes to Dallas next year?
“To be in front of 108,000 plus fans, that was actually what it was, that was a not a false number,” said LeBron James. “You could look up into the stands, and there was not a seat open.” “To be apart of history is something that you always wish and dream of.”
The crowd enjoyed a game with the East barely beating the West 141-139. Dwayne Wade walked away with this year’s MVP with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. An injured Kobe Bryant sat court side watching as his West teammates struggled most of the game. Disappointed that he missed his first All-Star game in 12 years Bryant was surely missed in match ups and flare as his presence would’ve made a huge difference in the outcome of the game.
The first quarter was a battle of the big men, Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire. Howard who would normally have three fouls by now, had none with his 11 points to end the quarter. Stoudemire got the west underway by finishing with 11 points. The East eventually jumped ahead and maintained the lead with as much as 5 points by halftime.
The third quarter is when the real dunk contest began, Howard’s dunk got the crowd roaring early in the quarter. This is what makes the All-Star fun to watch as James and Wade joined in the fun of creative, high flying dunks. By the end of the third quarter the East jumped ahead by 11. With 2 minutes and 24 secs left, the West rallied back to make it an exciting game with Kevin Durant hitting hitting a jumper to end the quarter 118-106.
The west surge came in the final minutes of regulation, Chauncey Billups hit a jumper to tie the game at 1:05 to play. No team scored until Wade forced a turnover and was fouled with 12.7 seconds left. Being booed loudly he made both free throws before Carmelo Anthony made a final attempt by throwing up an air ball that sealed the East victory.
Wade, the MVP of the night remembered his victory over the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 NBA championship. Winning his first and only title back in Dallas, the MVP took a walk down memory lane. The fans at Cowboy stadium also remembered that year as they booed him while he was at the line before making both free throws before time expired.
“I had a little luck in Dallas and of course 2006 is a very, very memorable year,” said Wade. “I dreamed of doing that for a long time, winning the NBA championship and I was lucky enough and blessed enough to win the MVP there. “To come and do it again is special!”
This years All-Star game may have been the most injuries that brought in nine first timers to participate in the game. Yet one player enjoyed who was a last minute replacement and veteran to the league was Dallas Mavericks star Jason Kidd. Off playing golf, Kidd got the call to come back to Dallas to play in his 10th All-Star.
“My seat was great!” said Kidd. “It was amazing to see so many people come out and support this year’s All-Star, we couldn’t have asked for a better place to do it and a game down to the last shot.” “I wanted my minutes light as possible…I got my chips and gatorade and enjoyed the second half on the sideline.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino