Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James came out strong early in the 2015 All-Star Game, taking threes from nearly four feet behind the three-point line and throwing down viciously vintage dunks in the middle of the game. It was James shining on the biggest stage in basketball's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
James finished with a team-high 30 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who was named the game's MVP, scored a game-high 41 points in the Western Conference's 163-158 win over the Eastern Conference.
LeBron's teammate, Kyrie Irving, had a much quieter evening. Irving, who was the MVP of last years All-Star game, played 19 minutes off the bench for the Eastern Conference. He scored 11 points on 4-9 shooting, pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists.
Along the way, James passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list in All-Star games and now only sits two points behind Kobe Bryant for the most points scored in All-Star game history. Depending on how next season goes, James could sit at the top of the scoring list this time next year.
James, Irving and the rest of the Cavs have off until Feb. 20 when the team travels to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards.