Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 178-164 in the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday.
In a captain’s effort, Giannis Antetokounmpo went for 38 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, but it wasn’t enough to get the victory.
Like just about every All-Star Game, a majority of the game was a glorified exhibition, with easy dunks, open 3s and zero defense. But, as also tends to happen in this annual celebration of basketball, when the score narrowed by the fourth quarter, players were in to win.
Down the stretch, Team Giannis coach Mike Budenholzer and Team LeBron coach Mike Malone countered with the following lineups: Kemba Walker, Steph Curry, Paul George, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo on one side and Harden, Lillard, Irving, James and Durant on the other.
Trailing for the majority of the game, by a score of 109-89 early in the third quarter, Team LeBron finished strong.
Team LeBron pulled away down the stretch, outscoring Team Giannis 25-11 in the final 7:05. Durant, as is often the case, was impossible to defend, netting 11 points in the fourth quarter.