In his 13th appearance in the NBA’s annual showcase, James also became the first player to go over 300 career points in the contest, extending his own record to 311 with 20 first-half points. Bryant is second with 290, with Michael Jordan third at 262.
Of course, many of James’s points came on dunks, as did much of the scoring overall in a first half that ended at 97-92 (Western Conference leading), for an all-star record for combined points. According to ESPN, 42 dunks were thrown down in that half, compared with 57 total in last year’s game. James’s assortment of jams included one for the highlight reels, in which he passed the ball to himself off the backboard — victimizing Curry in the process.
By getting voted in as an all-star starter two more times, James can tie Bryant’s record of 15. At age 32, he is showing few signs of decline, so that looms as a distinct possibility.