This 66th NBA All-Star Game took place in New Orleans, Louisiana at the smoothie King Center with the best and brightest players from different leagues playing head-to-head.
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) were the starters for the Western Conference All-Stars. Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) is the leading force of the Eastern Conference playing alongside Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks).
At the end of the fourth quarter, the Western All-Stars won the game 192-182. But the final score is just the tip of the iceberg, what matters are the moments within the game and we’ve listed down some highlights of the game.
1. The Roots kicked off the show
The legendary hip-hop band put up a tribute to the history of the game with the musical performance about NBA through the years called “The Evolution of Greatness”. Each era a new guest led the narration. Some of the stars featured were Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels of RUN DMC, Jidenna, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Michael B. Jordan. The concept simply breathtaking.
2. Lebron James crossed the 300-point threshold
James finished with 23 points on 10-of-17 shots. He became the leading scorer in NBA All-Star history and is the first All-Star to pass the 300-point mark with his career record of 303 points. Lebron owned the second quarter andhe sent the crowd cheering with a reverse dunk and a three-pointer from inside the half-court logo. As if retelling the 2016 NBA Finals, with the basketball on the fast break, Lebron did an alley-oop to himself. Lebron James displayed incredible athleticism and we just can’t get enough.
3. Anthony Davis wins MVP and broke a record with 52 on 26-of-39 shots.
Davis’ performance broke the all-time scoring record of the All-Star Game which was previously owned by Wilt Chamberlain’s mark with 42 points in 1962. He was a crowd favorite with his teammates setting him up often, passing the ball to Davis instead of taking an easy shot undefended. The effort resulted in the hometown guy taking home the MVP in his home city.
4. Stephen Curry saving himself from Giannis Antetokounmpo’s dunk
Over the course of the game, Antetokounmpo had been dunking over Curry not just once but several times. On the last attempt, the Curry fell on the floor to make sure he didn’t end up on Giannis’ poster. After a few possessions, Steph tried another rebound only to be faced with Giannis’ hammer dunk. Stephen Curry must’ve learned a lesson to never play defense in an All-Star Game whenever Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the court.
5. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook reunion
Former Thunder buddies reunited in the court with people looking at every single action from the two players. The tension between them melted when Durant found his former teammate streak towards the basket and sent him a perfect pass for the alley oop. It eased the Western Conference bench.
People erupted after that play with Curry throwing water in the air in celebration as the two approached the bench.