August 11, 2016
Crawford delivers game-winner at Seattle Pro-Am All-Star Game
Bellingham Slam guard Paul Hafford could only watch at NBA veteran Jamal Crawford took over his own All-Star game late, hitting a three-point shot with two seconds left as the West defeated the East, 153-152, at the Seattle Pro-Am All-Star Game Sunday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
Hafford, suiting up for the East squad, was the Slam's lone representative at the All-Star game and played most of the second and fourth quarters. He finished with six points on a pair of three-point shots, and also added two assists and a steal.
Crawford, who helps organize the Seattle Pro-Am each summer, was one of several local NBA players who competed in the exhibition. Zach LaVine, Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes and Dejounte Murray also made appearances.
Hafford’s East team built up a big first quarter lead thanks to hot shooting from LaVine before the West rallied to take a 75-72 lead at halftime.
The West started to pull away in third quarter, building a double-digit lead for the first time, before the East tightened the game late in the fourth quarter and eventually re-took the lead. But Crawford sent the crowd into a frenzy with a desperation three-pointer from the right side as time ran down, a fitting end to a game filled with multiple highlight-reel moments.
Crawford led the West with 31 points on 7-for-13 shooting from three-point range. Crawford's heroics overshadowed an impressive triple-double from Murray, who finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
LaVine led the East with a game-high 49 points on 21-of-36 shooting from the floor. D'Vonne Picket posted a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Hafford will be back in a Slam uniform as the Slam rounds out the Seattle Pro-Am regular season next Saturday. A 12 p.m. tip-off is set for Royal Brougham Pavilion.