The annual National Basketball Association All-Star Game isn’t taken too seriously by basketball fans. It’s best appreciated as the culmination of a weekend of parties attended by athletes and their celebrity friends. Before the most recent competition on Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, the players mingle beside the court with director Spike Lee and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Rapper-turned-actor Common visits Cee Lo Green. Their younger peers, Lil Wayne and his protégé, Drake, make faces for TNT’s cameras.
The St. Louis Cardinals shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in 10 innings in fifth-game deciders to advance to the National League Championship Series.