Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday as Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 178-164 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Durant, who is expected to become a free agent at the end of the season, led Team LeBron with 31 points on 10-of-15 from the floor. Klay Thompson came off the bench to add 20 points for Team LeBron with Kawhi Leonard and LeBron himself adding 19 points apiece. Team LeBron scored 37 points in the first quarter and trailed by 16 points in the usual all offense, no defense spectacular.
Team Giannis were led by the man himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo, as the 24-year-old Milwaukee Buck dropped in a game-high 38 points. Giannis was 17-of-23 from the field and added 11 rebounds for a double-double on the night.
Stephen Curry had 17 points for Team Giannis, but appeared to force the issue with the game being in Charlotte where the Golden State star grew up. Curry was 6-of-23 from the floor, although one quite ridiculous bounced pass alley-oop to Giannis was the highlight of the game.
Dirk Nowitzki, playing in almost certainly his last All-Star game, was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in a four-minute cameo off the bench. Dwyane Wade played slightly longer, 10 minutes in his case, scoring seven points in what was definitely his last All-Star game. Despite trailing at the half, Team LeBron outscored Team Giannis by 27 in the second half to carry the day.
Golden State are 4/9 to win the NBA Championship.
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