Kobe Bryant’s All-Star Game farewell took the spotlight away from Russell Westbrook, as he claimed back-to-back MVP titles, helping the Western Conference to a record-high 196-173 success over their Eastern counterparts, but the Minnesota Timberwolves need to grab some plaudits for dominating the proceedings away from the game itself.

The Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine grabbed MVP honours as Team USA edged Team World 157-154 in the Rising Stars game. LaVine’s 30 points guided the States to victory.


LaVine was then the star of the show in the highly anticipated dunk contest where he defeated Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon in the final round. No doubt though, that this was a dunk contest for the ages.

And the Timberwolves made it a hat-trick of wins when rookie Karl-Anthony Towns won the skills challenge, as the 7-footer ousted Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas to the crown.

However, when it was all said and done, the Oklahoma City Thunder star, Russell Westbrook had the last word..