Hawks All-Stars shine for record crowd at Cowboys Stadium

Record Cowboys Stadium crowd announced at 108,713 (Tim Sharp / AP)

Record Cowboys Stadium crowd announced at 108,713 (Tim Sharp / AP)

Arlington, Texas—For a while Sunday night it appeared Joe Johnson’s first All-Star start would be forgettable.

The Hawks guard barely drew iron on his first shot . He went to the bench with no points in six first-quarter minutes.

But then Johnson helped the Eastern Conference heat up later in the half.

Johnson scored on one of his familiar isolation dribble moves with a turnaround jump shot. Then he collected LeBron James’ save from out of bounds and made a 3-pointer. Finally he took a long pass from Derrick Rose for a fastbreak dunk.

Johnson helped key a big run to end the first half, and the East went on to a 141-139 victory over the Western Conference in front of a record crowd of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium.

“It was amazing,” Johnson said. “I found myself looking up in the stands at all the people or up at the big screen. I enjoyed it, as usual.”

Johnson, playing in his fourth straight All-Star game, finished with 10 points in 18 minutes.

Hawks teammate Al Horford, who made his All-Star debut, had an efficient night with eight points on 4 of 5 shooting in 14 minutes.

“I didn’t allow myself to get nervous,” he said. “I was calm out there.”

It’s the first time the Hawks had two players in the game since Steve Smith and Dikembe Mutombo in 1998.

This wasn’t as competitive as a real game, of course. It’s an exhibition where defense is minimal, flashy plays are expected fun is the priority.

Cowboys Stadium swelled with the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game.

“It was bananas,” Horford said. “It was crazy. We came out before the game and I said, ‘There’s no way they can fill this place up.’ When we came out for the game, I couldn’t believe it.”

For Johnson, the lowest-profile player among the East starters, the game was a chance for some exposure. Coach Stan Van Gundy started Johnson in place of Allen Iverson, who bowed out for personal reasons.

Johnson got into the spirit by dancing along with fellow East starters LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade during player introductions.

“I came out and gave them a little swag,” he said. “I grooved for them. That’s what this weekend is all about is entertaining.”

Johnson and Horford didn’t figure into the game’s tight finish. Chris Bosh made two free throws with 5 seconds left to secure the victory for the East.

The Miami Heat’s Wade was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. He had 28 points, 11 assists and five steals for the East.

MC

62 comments Add your comment

Melvin

February 14th, 2010
11:55 pm

Good job by both Joe and Horford… They probably could have scored more if not for the bog hogging that DWade and Lebron in the 2nd half…

Joe's place Joe speaking

February 14th, 2010
11:56 pm

Michael Cunningham,
What would be a trade the hawks should make? And have you heard any rumors that include the hawks? First?

Wabe

February 15th, 2010
12:04 am

Pretty entertaining All-Star game. Had a good time watching it.

Matt the Brave

February 15th, 2010
12:05 am

Typical night for Horford, right? And I’m really hoping that the Hawks will do everything they can to resign JJ before next season. I know he’s looking for a max contract, but, to steal Reggie Jackson’s line, he’s the straw that stirs the drink for this team.

TXDawg

February 15th, 2010
12:07 am

TXDawg

February 15th, 2010
12:08 am

Oh well….almost my highest ranking post….lol

C. Tampa Ironworse

February 15th, 2010
12:09 am

Horford is a beast. JJ keeps suprising….

Clint

February 15th, 2010
12:11 am

There is no way that 108K were there. You could see a lot of empty seats when the cameras panned the crowd. Either a lot of people left early, or the NBA is lying about that number.

darrell starks

February 15th, 2010
12:13 am

Joe is not a superstar so you cant pay him max money you will see as thing get tight in playoffs on how he will freez up.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

darrell starks

February 15th, 2010
12:14 am

BUT JOE AND HORFORD PLAYED WELL.
GO HAWKS!!!!!

darrell starks

February 15th, 2010
12:16 am

Rick sund have 2 get a center or this will be wasted year.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!

Thekid2kill

February 15th, 2010
12:17 am

darrell starks

February 15th, 2010
12:26 am

MY fellow friends i just told you and i been screaming the past 2weeks rumor has it that goldenstate are trying 2 get rid of MONTA ELLIS, AND BIEDRINS now if the hawks want 2 make a big splash and make push for the title go bring them in now i gurantee the hawks want regret it.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

The Reality Is

February 15th, 2010
12:30 am

Horford is a beast. JJ keeps suprising…

Now if he can learn to play defense and not be the # 18th center in shot blocking. If he can become physical under the basket….Hummmmm

JOE JOHNSON, looked so good and unselfish playing with those ball hogs D wade and Lebron James the most selfish players in the NBA. TOO Selfish!

The Reality Is

February 15th, 2010
12:31 am

C. Tampa Ironworse Surprising not suprising…. but I know what you meant.

Maybe he cant play defense

February 15th, 2010
12:33 am

But he can get your rebound if you will play the defense for him!

Bernie Matt

February 15th, 2010
12:36 am

Trade Marvin for Yi, Jarvis Hayes, Chris Douglas-Roberts with NJ NETS. YI at CENTER, Al at PF, Josh at SF. YI’S a work in progress, but very skilled and legit 7′0″ with range on jump shot out to the top of the key. Jamal and Jarvis off the bench. LET’S GO!!

cwm

February 15th, 2010
1:15 am

the only net we need is lopez for marvin….

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2010
1:15 am

Joe Johnson and Al Horford played well. I would have loved to see Josh Smith in the game throwing down alley oops, especially in light of how gimpy Kevin Garnett looked.

check

February 15th, 2010
1:26 am

maybe we should just try and offer marvin + randmo for camby so that we’ll have another defensive threat in the middle and an excellent rebounder and get rid of marvin’s huge contract so we’ll have a bigger cap space to shop for talented free agents.

Gilley

February 15th, 2010
1:30 am

Good stuff Joe and Al. Both looked like they belong out there. Especially Horford, playing real defense and running the floor. Good Stuff.

oldmaninatlanta

February 15th, 2010
1:41 am

Well,,,watching the all star game just reminded me what a huge mistake the Hawks made in not drafting Deron Williams.ENUFF SAID.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

February 15th, 2010
1:48 am

Enter your comments here

willie g at yur service

February 15th, 2010
3:38 am

the cavs make the nba finals the hawks will lose as usual because of the stupid ownership , cavs get stodamire hawks get ? my point exactly,the state of georgia hasnt had but 1 world championship of pro teams ever, absolutely disgusting but you morons go to games pay those prices for what to watch losers.

willie g at yur service

February 15th, 2010
3:42 am

I DIDNT WATCH one second of that stupid game, i wouldnt wait my electricity on a bunch of overpaid people dribbling a basketball.now college is different.

Careless

February 15th, 2010
5:04 am

There was an All Star Basketball game? Didn’t know OR CARE! Glad I did not waste my time to view.

vava74

February 15th, 2010
6:22 am

Well… we should start a new pass time here:

“find the most bitter fan”

We have really good candidates!!!

T Money

February 15th, 2010
6:24 am

Willie G, you’re forgetting the Braves man. This team was dumb to re-sign Marv and Bibby last off season. Bibby hasn’t done anything all year and I would have rather had Ariza at the 3, at least that guy can play D. Still doesn’t solve the fact we don’t have a center.

Manny

February 15th, 2010
6:39 am

All I was thinking during the game was this: If Josh Smith was there, he would have been a beast out there. I mean, alley-oop galore. Defenses allowing players to play above the rim. Blocked shots. Slam dunks. Josh Smith would have REALLY entertained the crowd.

Sad to see him do all that he did so far this year and still didn’t make it.

John Kincade

February 15th, 2010
6:40 am

is a jerk who knows nothing about sports. It should be the Buck Belue show and kick that a** hole to the curb.

vava74

February 15th, 2010
6:58 am

T Money,

Yeah, you are right… all that the Hawks need is a shot happy SF who is averaging .378 from the field, .308 from 3 point land and .645 from the FT line…

… and more, he is averaging 5,6 rebounds per game while playing 38,1 minutes per game…

Marvin is averaging 5,1 rebounds per game while playing just 29,7 minutes.

Yes, is under performing but stop the nonsense!!!

JSS

February 15th, 2010
7:12 am

Vava with the post of the year!!!
Kick it off with some nominees!!!

Matt Jones

February 15th, 2010
7:55 am

Does D-Wade annoy anyone else? The mere sight of that cry-baby, “I deserve respect” diva p*sses me off.

Clyde

February 15th, 2010
7:58 am

I want to sign the veteran Speedy Claxton to play point instead of drafting Deron Williams or Chris Paul.

FIRE WOODY

Frosgrim

February 15th, 2010
8:18 am

Does anyone realize that Horford is the first Hawks’ draftee to make an All-star team since Kevin Willis??? That is amazing- way to go big Al!

KevinM

February 15th, 2010
8:19 am

Does seeing Chris Paul (even on crutches) or Deron Williams still make Hawks’ fans cringe? It still irks me on how we ended up missing them and include Rondo, who even worked out for us.
Going forward, good luck to Sund for getting a starter to replace Marvin if he indeed is being considered for a trade.

Daniel

February 15th, 2010
8:49 am

Matt Jones- I agree with you.

tim

February 15th, 2010
8:57 am

Thanks to the NBA for again showcasing their sloppy, no d, it’s all about me, basket hangin, tatooed employees. That wasn’t a BB game! People pay money to watch that crap??

Sautee

February 15th, 2010
9:01 am

Amazing that some here STILL hate on Horford.

14 min 8 pts 4 reb 2 ast 1 stl 1 blk in his FIRST All-Star game.

If these nimbers were prorated to his normal 35 minutes?

20 pts 10 reb 5 ast 2.5 stls 2.5 blks.

Against the best the West has to offer.

Hate on, haters. The facts are laughing at you.

MsDee

February 15th, 2010
9:01 am

I think Al had to wake J Johnson up last night. Joe didnt start looking to shoot til Al came in and made his presence known. Al really looked like he belonged out there. I liked when LeBron gave Al a nice assist in his fav spot on the floor for the open side corner jump shot..This should not be Al’s only appearance.

I think Joe has to have someone out shine him 1st before he plays his game. The 1st 3 appearances in the All-Star, Joe had no one from his team to give him motivation. This year it was Al. And from the team, it’s Jamal Crawford. I dont know if thats bad or not, but whatever works to get us the WIN i’m kool..

Josh Smith should have been there instead of Gerald Wallace. He was horrible in the slam dunk and was forgetable in the all-star!!

MsDee

February 15th, 2010
9:04 am

Im saying in 1st here..next all-star it WILL be Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Jamal Crawford..(Joe might not be a Hawk)

vava74

February 15th, 2010
9:23 am

FIND THE MOST BITTER FAN awards:

First Nominees (you can all pitch in with new categories and nominees):

On the “I hate Marvin” category: Rod from College Park, JeJe, …

On the “Fire Woody” category: Clyde, JeJe, BONE and Ken Strickland

On the “JJ sucks, he’s no superstar” category: JeJe, BONE, …

On the “Al is not a real C he’s just a PF masquerading as a C, we need a Darryl Dawkins “enforcer”" category: Truth Serum, Joe Mamma, Nunayobizzness (and all other aliases he uses)

Atl Resident

February 15th, 2010
9:27 am

willie g at yur service

February 15th, 2010
3:38 am
the cavs make the nba finals the hawks will lose as usual because of the stupid ownership , cavs get stodamire hawks get ? my point exactly,the state of georgia hasnt had but 1 world championship of pro teams ever, absolutely disgusting but you morons go to games pay those prices for what to watch losers.

Go move and crawl back under the rock you been hiding under for so long. Why did you even have a comment? Better yet, why do you even still stay here? I guess there’s always going to be one bad idiot out of them all.

LOWNDES COUNTY DAWG

February 15th, 2010
9:38 am

STARKS MAN YOUR ABSURD, JOE JON OR ANY CENTER NOT NAMED DWIGHT HOWARD? GIVE ME JOEJON A MILLION TIMES OVER. EVERYONE THAT AINT GOT DHO NEEDS A CENTER. BUT JOEJON TAKE THE BANK. I HATE THE GAYTORS BUT HELL AL HORFORD MAY BE 2ND BEST CENTER IN NBA. AL AND JSMITH ARE SO GOOD B/C THEY ARE QUICKER THAN THE OTHER 4 AND 5S. YOU MOVE EM DOWN TO 3 AND 4 AND AINT GONNA BE DRIVIN BY PEOPLE. COME ON DAWGS HAWKS(BRING BACK OLD UNIS) AND FALCONS(REALY BRING BACK OLD UNIS PLEASE)

ONELOVE GA

Sporty Black

February 15th, 2010
9:48 am

The only trade that would make sense for the Hawks is to move Marvin Williams and a first round draft pick for Amari Stoudemire. No one in the NBA would be able to compete with the Hawks if Sund pulled that deal off. No one.

Melvin

February 15th, 2010
9:54 am

Vava,

With 3 out of 4, I guess the award goes to JeJe…LMBO

MuscleFlexer

February 15th, 2010
9:54 am

The Hawks should have had four players on the all-star team. Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford should have also made the squad. They both have been nothing short of spectacular all year. It was a good showing for JJ and “Big” Al Horford. Those two hawks played solid for the East. I think the Hawks should concentrate on the second half of taking over the southeast division and winning the division ahead of the Magic. The Hawks are certainly capable of doing that. If they do that, chances are they will finish with the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. That is whats called climbing the ladder to the TOP of the standings. The Hawks will be among the NBAs elite.

O'Brien

February 15th, 2010
10:05 am

SVG must have wanted D12 to get MVP honors. Didn’t he play him the entire 1st quarter? Howard even knocked down a 3ptr.

I hope the Hawks get refocused, because we start off with a 4 game west coast swing.

ILL-logical

February 15th, 2010
10:13 am

Looking at the game made me remember the 2003 Atlanta All Star Game and the energy that prevailed in the ATL that weekend. MJ’s last game; Mark Cuban renting out Bluepointe for Michael Finley’s B-day; and Yao Ming walking from Peachtree Street to the game from the team bus because of the traffic downtown.

I believe the ATL could raise the stakes on the event again if we can get Arthurworld built as a replacement for the Georgia Dome. BTW, was at the Hawks- Bulls game that holds the regular season record.

Benjamin

February 15th, 2010
10:57 am

To be fair, Sautee, it was the All-Star game. It’s not to difficult to score when people are literally clearing the lane so you can do something highlight-worthy. (I write that having never “hated” on Al. He’s been one of my favorite players since he put on a Hawks uniform. I’m just not sure the All-Star game performance is something to point out in defense of him.)

In regard to Joe “cracking out of his shell,” does anyone else get the feeling that he’s REALLY uncomfortable in settings where he’s set up to be a star. I don’t find there’s anything wrong with it, but it seems like he’s a lot like Joe Dumars was personality-wise; let the other guys get the spotlight/take the credit, work on doing your job, etc.. He doesn’t strike me as anything remotely resembling a Type A personality, and I wonder if it’s going to cost him this offseason.