Team LeBron Defeats Team Stephen 148-145 in 2018 All-Star Game


Final Score:




Team LeBron:

LeBron James (Fourteenth All-Star Appearance)

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Anthony Davis (Fifth All-Star Appearance)

Kevin Durant (Ninth All-Star Appearance)

Kyrie Irving (Fifth All-Star Appearance)

Injured: DeMarcus Cousins (Fourth All-Star Appearance)

Russell Westbrook (Seventh All-Star Appearance)

LaMarcus Aldridge (Sixth All-Star Appearance)

Andre Drummond (Second All-Star Appearance)

Bradley Beal (First All-Star Appearance)

Goran Dragic (First All-Star Appearance)

Paul George (Fifth All-Star Appearance)

Victor Oladipo (First All-Star Appearance)

Kemba Walker (Second All-Star Appearance

Injured: Kristaps Porzingis (First Time All-Star)

Injured: John Wall (Five-Time All-Star)

Injured: Kevin Love (Five-Time All-Star)

Toronto Raptors Head Coach: Dwane Casey

Team Stephen:

Stephen Curry (Fifth All-Star Appearance)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Second All-Star Appearance)

DeMar DeRozan (Fourth All-Star Appearance)

Joel Embiid (First All-Star Appearance)

James Harden (Sixth All-Star Appearance)

Jimmy Butler (Fourth All-Star Appearance)

Draymond Green (Third All-Star Appearance)

Al Horford (Fifth All-Star Appearance)

Damian Lillard (Third All-Star Appearance)

Kyle Lowry (Fourth All-Star Appearance)

Klay Thompson (Fourth All-Star Appearance)

Karl-Anthony Towns (First All-Star Appearance)

Houston Rockets Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni 

Game Summary:

Team LeBron Recap:

Thanks to the new roster format and a dosage of competitiveness, Team LeBron and Team Stephen produced one of the most entertaining All-Star Games of recent memory.  Team LeBron pulled out the win with a slim 148-145 margin of victory, the closest since 2012. As expected, the majority of the game was perimeter play, but baskets weren’t coming easy. Throughout the game, it was obvious that the players weren’t content with just coasting through the game and actually provided doses of defense.

The shooting from behind the arc wasn’t exactly scorching for either side Team Stephen shot just 26.2 from the perimeter while attempting 65 threes. On the other side, Team LeBron shot 32.8 percent and attempted 58 three-pointers. Per usual, LeBron James looked like he was playing on a whole other level. The All-Star game veteran posted a near-triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. His performance and team win were enough to earn him his third NBA All-Star MVP.

LeBron had some help from his All-Star teammates, especially number one pick Kevin Durant. Durant shot an efficient 7 of 13 from the floor and put up 19 points. Additionally, the seven-footer grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. Moreover, Durant and LeBron came up big at the end of the game, trapping Steph Curry and prohibiting Team Stephen from getting off a potential game-tying three on the final possession.

Almost every other Team Lebron player was able to reach double-digits in scoring during their time on the floor. Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond had 12 and 14 points respectively.

The starting backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook both were within triple-double range. Irving finished with 13 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds while Westbrook ended with 11 points, 8 assists, and 8 boards. Paul George provided 16 points off of the bench and played some impactful defense. Bradley Beal and Kemba Walker both got involved on offense too, scoring 14 and 11 points respectively.

Unfortunately, first-time All-Stars Victor Oladipo and Goran Dragic were not able to make it to double-digits, scoring seven and two points each. Oladipo did manage to get out on the fast break and throw down a nice highlight dunk.