Total viewership for the game was down slightly compared to a year ago, although it improved over 2014, the previous time the league's midseason showcase faced competition from the Winter Olympics.
"You've got so many people from all over the world coming to watch our game and just be a part of All-Star Weekend".
There was sufficient doubt the novelty of a new format would translate to the court after tip-off.
The new format the league unveiled this year, with James and Steph Curry drafting teams of All-Stars, will take some getting used to. Asked with what team James will sign this summer, 59 percent of respondents said the Cavaliers.
While the selection of teams, blacktop-style, awarding the first pick to the top vote-getter and taking turns to select the following players in the roster - fans were left with the intrigue of seeing this process televised, an issue Silver would look to solve for next year's All-Star Game in Charlotte. "It was a great weekend, and we capped it off the right way". That being said, he hopes the team will have a renewed sense of focus from here on out. One can imagine a blowout in either direction robbing the game of its newfound intensity.
"Today we wanted to make it a real basketball game".
The All-Star weekend began with strong statements by James, Curry and other superstars about their determination to keep speaking out on issues of social injustice and racial tension despite criticism.
LeBron James took a moment to put his most recent triumph into the proper perspective.
Team Stephen held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter but Team LeBron battled back as we saw some defence being played late in the game and they tied the contest at 144 apiece heading into the final minutes. Both teams attempted to play defense even though it was a high scoring game.
After last night's game, in which LeBron led his team to a 148-145 victory with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the league will likely televise next year's All-Star draft. You get it? I want him to come and play next year for the Bucks. Russ was able to make one move, they switched, and Russ kind of was left up in the air. But more importantly, the players know it.
Stephen Curry's team maintained control for majority of the game. Team Stephen grew their lead to 11 while LeBron and KD got some rest. "Everybody just falls in line when the game tells you to". James has a second home in Los Angeles to go along with a budding Hollywood production company, and has spoken highly of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball (even if James isn't a big fan of Lonzo's father).