If last night’s All-Star game was any indication of who still runs the NBA, the answer is resoundingly clear: King James continues to rein. With the new game format on display for the first time, the game was more competitive than it has been in the past. Typically, the players go into full gear and increase the defensive pressure in the final minutes. The defensive effort was display for the majority of the game.
Led by their team captain, Team LeBron fought their way back after trailing by 10 with under 5 minutes left to go in the game. They cut the lead to seven and there was no turning back. James nearly missed a triple- double, but netted 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists and shot 50 percent from the 3 point line. Because these players were hand picked by the captains, there was more pride in assuring that the W was secured.
On the other hand, Team Steph’s roster featured the splash brothers, but failed to splash much of anything, as they shot 44 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3. Damian Lillard was Team Steph’s leading scorer with 21 points off the bench in his first all-star appearance.
The final minutes of the game felt more like a regular season game, rather than an exhibition. Steph Curry, who is considered by many, the greatest shooter in NBA history, was swarmed by a number of defenders and failed to get a shot off. He passed it up to Demar DeRozan in the corner but he was unable to get his shot off before time expired. Team LeBron came away victorious winning by 3, 148-145. Watch some of the key players below.
— NBA (@NBA) February 19, 2018