NBA All-Star weekend has quickly become the premiere event among North American sports, when it comes to all-star festivities. It’s no secret that the NBA is the most modern and relatable sports league in today’s society, and all-star weekend encompasses everything that fans love about sports. From top-notch entertainment to basketball stardom and everything in between, the NBA really knows how to put on a show; however, after the defenseless performances of the previous two All-Star games, the league was receiving plenty of backlash regarding the lack of competitiveness. The new format seems to have resurrected the game and increased its competitive nature, because this year’s match was one for that will live on in history.
LeBron James Wins Third ASG MVP
For those of who have not followed the changes that were made to this year’s all-star game, the two top vote-getters, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, were elected as captains of the two respective teams. From there, they drafted their teams from the pool of All-Stars that were already voted into the game. In addition, the winning team’s players would receive $100,000 each, while the losing team’s players would only receive $25,000 a piece to add extra incentive for winners. The game went down to the wire and required multiple comebacks by Team LeBron, but ultimately, they were able to climb back and secure the win. James, who scored the winning layup with under a minute to play, finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists, which was more than enough to earn him the All-Star MVP honors for the third time in his career.
Young Guns Steal The Show On Saturday
As for the rest of the weekend, the young guns stole the show. Of course, the festivities started with the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, which pits rookies and sophomores from the United States against players of the same stature from elsewhere in the world. On Saturday, 24-year-old Brooklyn Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie defeated 20-year-old rookie Lauri Markkanen in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Next, 20-year-old Devin Booker set a final round record by notching 28 points on his way to winning the JBL 3-Point Shootout. Finally, 20-year-old rookie Donovan Mitchell brought the house down with a series of thundering slams in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.