In a completely different theme, the 2018 NBA All-Star game was definitely one to remember.
This NBA All-Star game did not disappoint. The game came down to the wire in a back in forth battle between Team LeBron and Team Steph.
Team LeBron ultimately squeezed out the victory 148-145 after trailing most of the first half.
LeBron James finished the game with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists becoming the Kia All-Star Game MVP for the third time in his career.
Team Steph came out of the gate shooting lights out. Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, and even center Joel Embiid were sinking shots from the three, trying to run away with the game. Team LeBron’s flashy passes, smart defense and inside gameplay kept them in the game and ultimately sealed the deal.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Team Steph lead Team LeBron by only three points — everyone knew this would be a good finish.
With just six minutes to go in regulation, Team Steph extended the lead to nine with a 134-125 lead. But Team LeBron came to play.
They brought in their starters minus Pelicans star Anthony Davis who was replaced by OKC’s Paul George. Team LeBron went small ball versus small ball — and it worked. Two-time All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook cut the lead to just one with an and-one basket with under three minutes to play.
LeBron tied the game at 144 at the minute mark hitting a stepback three over Joel Embiid.
The game ended in dramatic fashion. The ball was knocked out of bounds and the refs called it Team Steph’s ball even though it was suspected to go off of Team Steph’s, Joel Embiid. After the review, the players were right — but the refs STILL got it wrong! It was Team Steph’s ball with 40 seconds to go!
Team LeBron came the other way, and the once great quo of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving reemerged in the final 10 seconds of the game. Irving gave James a perfect inside pass and all James had to do was not miss the layup.
Team LeBron took the lead 146-145 and kept it.
After Westbrook hit a tough layup to take a three point 148-145, Team Steph had one more chance to respond with just 10.7 seconds left.
The defensive play head coach Dwyane Casey of Team LeBron drew up became too much for Stephen Curry when he tried to at least see the rim for a potential game tying shot, but James’ defense and Kevin Durant’s wingspan grew too overwhelming.
Curry was unable to get the shot off as the clock winded down in Los Angeles, and James took home MVP honors as well as contributing $350 thousand dollars to After School All-Stars.
Team Steph didn’t go empty handed, donating $150 thousand dollars to Brotherhood Crusade.
What a night to remember.