The Western Conference outpaced the Eastern Conference in this year's NBA D-League all-star game, with the final score ending 98-81. Brian Butch, of the Bakersfield Jam took home MVP honors, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Despite the loss, the Iowa Energy representatives showcased why their team is sitting atop the East and has the best record in the league.
Enter Curtis Stinson, Earl Barron and Cartier Martin. Each player contributed to the East. Stinson, just another day at the distribution office, finished the game with 11 assists. He is averaging 10 per game this season. Barron led the East with 20 points and shot a sizzling 80 percent from the field. Martin was the East's fourth leading scorer, finishing the game with 9 points respectively.
"It was a great opportunity to play here in Dallas for All-Star," said Barron after the game. "I've got my family here and a few friends and all the people I know are watching this on NBA-TV," he added. These comments were from an interview following the game.
Pat Carroll participated in the Haier Shooting Stars competition, which requires players to knock down shots from different areas of the court. He was joined by Carlos Powell and Trey Gilder. The team won the competition and set a new record completing the round in 15.6 seconds.
The entertainment also included a slam dunk contest however no Energy players participated in this event. Dar Tucker, of the Los Angeles D-Fenders gave the audience an incredible performance, highlighted by jumping and dunking over 6'11 Brian Butch. This outclassed the NBA dunk contest participants who had the pulses' of the audience slowing into hibernation. Check out the dunk here.
For any additional information about the all-star events, visit the NBA D-League page.
The Iowa Energy will be back in action this Tuesday at Los Angeles. Game time is 5:30 pm.