When the NBA announced that the NBA All-Star game format was going to change, many expected a competitive game and that’s exactly what the fans got.

While some had their preconceptions of what may have seemed to be a clear win in favor of LeBron James‘ roster, boasting names like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry‘s squad, anchored down by the likes of James Harden and Joel Embiid proved to be a formidable foe as the game came down to a matter of seconds and three points with Team LeBron eventually squeezing out a win of 148-145.

“I think myself and Stephen took it upon ourselves when we took on this format that we had to change the way this game was played. The last couple years, it wasn’t as competitive as we would like. …And it was great for both sides.” said James, who racked up 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and laid claim to his third NBA All-Star MVP honor, tying him with Oscar Robertson, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan for the second most of all time.

“We wanted to kind of change the narrative of the All-Star Game being a joke,” Kevin Durant added on. “Today we wanted to make it a real basketball game.”

The way LeBron carried himself this weekend has even his most notorious critic starting to change the way he views James today.