Archive for February 15th, 2016

NBA All Star Weekend Highlights, Vaughn Taylor’s Big Win


This year’s All-Star Week was one for the ages. Sunday night’s competition was the highest scoring All-Star Game in history, with the East and West scoring a combined 369 points. The game was Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star Game, the 18th time he’s been selected, and the player was honored with multiple video tributes.

Despite all the explosive performers on the court, it was a quiet night for some of the biggest names. Bryant scored only 10 points. LeBron James had 13 points. Kevin Durant had 23, Anthony Davis 24, and Stephen Curry 26. Russell Westbrook came out on top with 31 points, helping to earn him his second consecutive All-Star MVP title. The West won, giving them their fifth All Star victory in the last six years. The competition, held in Toronto, was the first All-Star game played outside the US.  Western Conference All-Stars 196, Eastern Conference All-Stars 173.

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.39.23 AMThe weekend kicked off with the NBA Celebrity All Star game. Team Canada was coached by Toronto rapper, Drake, and Team USA was coached by comedian Kevin Hart. Drake’s team won!

The weekend was filled with other All-Star events. Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson beat out his teammate Steph Curry in the 3-point contest. Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns beat Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge, and, in what’s being called the best Slam Dunk contest of all time, Zach LaVine prevailed over Aaron Gordon with an amazing between-the-legs dunk, giving him his second straight Slam Dunk victory.


Vaughn Taylor came up with a surprise victory at Pebble Beach over the weekend. Phil Mickelson, a favorite to win the tournament, was just a few strokes from securing his fifth victory heading into the final round. But he missed a pivotal putt on the 18th hole and Taylor won by one stroke. It’s quite a story. Taylor, ranked #447 in the world up until now, hasn’t had a full PGA tour card in three years. He hasn’t won a PGA title in over ten years. When he came to Pebble Beach this year, it was as an alternate. In fact, Taylor made a point to take only a carry-on bag on the flight as a way to save money. But with the incredible victory, Taylor has earned earned $1.26 million and a ticket to the Masters.

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