It was an interesting game of basketball as LeBron James improved to 4-0 as an NBA All-Star Game captain with a 170-150 win over Team Durant on Sunday night and Damian Lillard nailing a game ending three pointers from just inside the half court.
A Two-time NBA MVP winner, Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Kobe Bryant MVP Award having an awesome 16-of-16 from the field for a game high 35 points in Atlanta.
Antetokounmpo said: “It’s fun. I was happy. I just love being around great players. It makes it easier to play with them.”
Antetokounmpo’s 16-for-16 game easily surpassed the previous All-Star record kept by the Philadelphia 76ers’ Hal Greer, who had eight-of-eight in 1968. Antetokounmpo also made all three of his three pointers on target.
In all four games, James has served as team captain, he has won all of them. He finished with only four points in just 13 minutes of playing time.
James said: “I always try to pick the right team, and I’ve been lucky enough for four years to pick the right team. Guys go out and compete and play to win. I’ve been on the winning side of all four.”
However, the participation of James in the annual showcase was one time in doubt. Last month, James blasted the NBA for holding the event during the global pandemic calling it a “slap in the face.”
NBA commissioner, Adam Silver responded to James’ criticism at a news conference earlier on Sunday March 7, 2021, saying the players he spoke to over the weekend were in favor of holding the contest.
Silver said: “It would have been a bigger deal not to have it. I know that some players have made public comments suggesting they’d rather not be at All-Star. Many have told me directly they’re thrilled to be All-Stars.
“It should be judged, when people are looking back, as to what this meant to them as opposed to what some of the initial reactions were from the players.”
Meanwhile, the 70th All-Star Game was not like it used to be because there were no spectators at the Arena due to the effects of Covid-19 reported the Punch.
Nevertheless, the players actually put up world class performance at the State Farm Arena including some good skills of dunks, alley-oops, behind the back passes and long-range threes like the one by Lillard, who ended finishing with 32 points.