The Milwaukee Bucks winger / center, on the court for Team LeBron, scored 35 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made three assists
With the same format as the 2020 edition, which honored Kobe Bryant – killed in January last year -, the Time LeBron James was the big winner of the All-Star Game 2021, played on Sunday night at the State Farm Arena, in Atlanta, in the U.S. The star of Los angeles lakers and his chosen ones won the initial three periods against Team Kevin Durant and they had no difficulty in sacramental victory in the last quarter by 170 to 150. In addition, the winners obtained US $ 750 thousand (R $ 4.26 million) in donation to an American institution. The two teams disputed three quarters of 12 minutes, which started with a zero score, all won by Team LeBron. The last quarter was not timed. The teams had to reach a 170 point mark to determine the winner of the match. This number was set due to the sum of Team LeBron in the first three quarters (146 points) + 24 points (in honor of Kobe Bryant).
The Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo was the big name of the game and left the court with the MVP award (best player). The wing / center of the Milwaukee Bucks, on the court for Team LeBron, scored 35 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made three assists. Reserve of the same team, Damian Lillard was another one to make a great start, especially in the final period, in which he scored 10 points in a row and converted the victory basket, practically from the middle of the court. The owner of the Portland Trail Blazers closed with 32 points. Stephen Curry it also deserves to be quoted by Team LeBron. The owner of the Golden State Warriors he converted eight balls out of three and ended the duel with 28 points, four rebounds and four assists. Speaking of assists, Chris Paul distributed 16 in the game, in which LeBron James (only four points), Luka Doncic (eight) and Nikola Jokic (six) were discreet.
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For Team Durant, the big highlight was Bradley Beal. The Washington Wizards guard scored 26 points with two rebounds and four assists. Kyrie Irving followed with 24 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. Finally, James Harden and Jayson Tatum scored 21 points each. Team LeBron initially entered the court with LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic Team Durant started with Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Kawhi Leonard and Zion Williamson.
Prior to the All-Star Game, events that normally take place on Saturday of the NBA stars’ weekend were held. In the reduced 3-Point Tournament, with six participants to reduce contact between players, Stephen Curry overcame Mike Conley in the last ball of the final round and won the championship for the second time in his career. In a dunk tournament without many famous participants, Anfernee Simons came out on top. The Blazers winger defeated Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks and Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers, and the detail is that none of them got a dunk that totaled 50 points – 10 from each of the five judges.
Finally, in the skills challenge, the tournament was won by Domantas Sabonis, from the Pacers. He won in the final Nikola Vucevic, from Orlando Magic. The other contestants were Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), Julius Randle (Knicks), Robert Covington (Blazers) and Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns).
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