New York – Slam dunk champion Zach LaVine already is encouraging Timberwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins to compete in the 2016 dunk contest. The event will be held in Wiggins' hometown of Toronto.
"I'm going to be talking a lot of mess to him to try to get him to join it," LaVine said. "I'm looking forward to that. It gives me inspiration to make it next year. It gives me a lot of motivation."
Wiggins helped LaVine win Saturday night's contest at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. During a practice session, LaVine said he nearly knocked Wiggins unconscious.
"That's the funny thing, is I didn't do that one," LaVine said, drawing laughs. "I got some tricks in the bag still."
Despite subfreezing temperatures and an arctic wind whipping across New York on Sunday, the secondhand market for All-Star Game tickets stayed hot until the tipoff.
As of late Sunday afternoon, average ticket prices for the game at Madison Square Garden were up 105.1 percent over last year's contest, at $2,091.68, compared with $1,019.89 in New Orleans in 2014, according to data compiled by TiqIQ.
Average ticket prices had spiked within the last couple days, after dipping to $1,760 on Feb. 8 following a high of $3,770 on Jan. 24. The cheapest tickets were being sold for $964, while the most expensive ticket was listed recently for $10,200.
The East and West combined to make 48 three-point shots — an All-Star Game record. The previous mark was only 30, which came last season.
Atlanta's Kyle Korver (East) and Houston's James Harden (West) both finished 7-for-12 shooting from three-point range to lead the way.
TNT's All-Star Saturday night coverage averaged 6.1 million viewers and drew the highest rating ever in New York.
The network said its 3.4 national rating was up 10 percent from last year and made it the fourth-most viewed All-Star Saturday telecast. It garnered a 7.2 rating in New York.
• For the record, the Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol beat younger brother Marc of the Memphis Grizzlies on the historic opening tip. It marked the first time in NBA history that brothers started an All-Star Game.
• New York has now hosted the All-Star Game five times, matching Los Angeles for the most ever.
• The NBA issued 1,800 media credentials to All-Star weekend, including a record 534 credentials to international media.