If you like scoring, the NBA All-Star Game did not disappoint.
Team LeBron, which was down by 20 points in the second half, rallied to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game Sunday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Like last year, the contest was done in a captain’s-choice format where LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo took turns drafting players leading up to the game.
Golden State’s Kevin Durant was named the Most Valuable Player after scoring 31 points to go with seven rebounds and two blocked shots for Team LeBron.
“It’s all sweet to me,” Durant said after getting his second All-Star MVP award, to go with the one he claimed in 2012. “It’s hard to rank because everything’s special. But it’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game. And to win MVP in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet.”
Klay Thompson scored 20 points, and LeBron and Kawhi Leonard each had 19 points a piece in the win.
— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 19, 2019
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade were selected as special team roster additions by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to honor their extraordinary contributions as iconic NBA champions and in recognition of their All-Star careers.
LeBron didn’t waste any time when Wade entered into the game as they traded alley-oop passes just like they did during their time together with the Miami Heat. Both entered the NBA together in 2003 and won championships with the Heat in 2012 and 2013. Sunday night they got a couple more moments to savor in their final night as teammates.
— NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2019
Nowitzki entered the game late in the first quarter and made his first three shots – all of them 3-pointers — before heading back to the bench.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a double-double, including a game-high 38 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. His teammates, Paul George and Khris Middleton, each scored 20 points and Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook each chipped in with 17 points a piece.
The next All-Star Game is Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago.