The NBA All-Star weekend kicked off in New Orleans Friday night, beginning with the Celebrity Game, followed by the Rising Stars Challenge. In the typical high-scoring affair, Jamal Murray had 36 points, while Buddy Hield had 28 in front of his team's home crowd in the World's 150-141 victory. Murray was awarded the game's MVP Award, as he finished 9-of-14 from three. Hield was definitely the runner-up for the award, shooting 11-of-22, but finished just 3-of-12 from long-range. He is averaging just under nine points on the season, with his highest scoring effort being 21 points. Kristaps Porzingis added 24 points in the World's victory. Frank Kaminsky led the way for the U.S. in a losing effort, scoring 33 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 24.
Dubinsky Lifts Jackets Over Penguins in OT
In a battle of the second and third place teams from the Metropolitan Division, it is only fitting that it took longer than 60 minutes to find a winner. Brandon Dubinsky netted the game-winning goal 1:04 into overtime, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The win pulls the Blue Jackets within a point for second place behind the Penguins. Dubinsky's game-winner was his first career overtime goal, coming at a crucial time. Sergei Bobrovsky had 38 saves, while Ryan Murray scored the lone regulation goal for the Jackets, who were playing in front of a rowdy, sellout home crowd. It was the second straight overtime contest for the Penguins, who outlasted the Jets, 4-3, on Thursday night. Ian Cole scored the only goal for Pittsburgh in the loss.
Jagr Scores 760 Goal in Panthers Win
Jaromir Jagr continues to be an unbelievable story in the NHL, as the 45-year-old remains a legitimate threat on the ice for the Florida Panthers. Jagr's go-ahead goal was the 760th of his career, a night after reaching 1,900 career points in San Jose. Florida ended up taking the game from Anaheim on Friday night, 4-1. Jagr's go-ahead goal came in the second period, supporting James Reimer, who made 35 saves in the win. The likes of Colton Sceviour, Aaron Ekblad, and Derek MacKenzie also found the back of the net, as the Panthers recorded their sixth win in seven games. They sit just one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot. The Ducks take a rare home loss on the other hand, as they had gotten a point in 12 of their previous 14 games at The Honda Center.