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Late in the fourth quarter, with Team Stephen ahead eight, 136 128, Team LeBron’s Kyrie Irving drove down the lane and dished to James for a layup and a foul, cutting the lead to five after the resulting free throw.

Moments later, Team LeBron’s Kevin Durant connected with Russell canada goose deals Westbrook, on a layup to cut the lead to one.

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Officiating would come into question, with the game tied, 144 144, Embiid would appear to dribble the ball out of bounds off his own foot. However, following an extensive replay review, the officials would incorrectly award Team Stephen the ball. Embiid would make up for the near turnover on canada goose outlet in chicago the defensive end, blocking a layup attempt by Paul George.

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James Harden would miss a three point shot, and DeRozan would throw a bad pass, giving the ball back to Team LeBron.

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Fitting, then, that the final play of the game with a three point lead in hand was a defensive trap in the corner that prevented Team Stephen from getting a good look to tie the game.

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The night was a spectacle, both good and bad, from start to finish.

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All Star Game host Kevin Hart was joined by fellow comedian Rob Riggle in what turned out to be a musical showcase wherein Hart explored and ultimately gave up on his dreams of being an NBA All Star. Instead, he settled on being an “all star comedian” and an “all star host.”

However, regardless of his “all star comedic abilities,” the team introductions complete with bad jokes about Goran Dragic’s “dragon breath” and Hart’s own inability to pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo’s family name, were not well received. Many people on Twitter were confused and unimpressed with the introduction to the Association’s mid season spectacle.

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Team Stephen jumped out to an early, 11 point lead, led by first time All Star Karl Anthony Towns, who had 11 points off the bench after one quarter of play. canada goose outlet germany He finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Team captain Curry had an off night, failing to score his first basket until about three minutes remaining in the second quarter. He finished with just 11 points on 4 of 14 shooting canada goose trillium parka uk from the floor.

Following a run by Team LeBron to, briefly, take the lead in the second quarter, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo led the charge to push Team Stephen back to a double digit lead, 70 58. However, Paul George came up big, scoring eight of Team LeBron’s final 11 points to cut the lead to two at halftime.

Stephen Curry’s moment to shine really came late in the third quarter, when trailing by four, 105 109, he scored a short runner, assisted on a layup by Karl Anthony Towns, and hit a three pointer to retake the lead, 112 109, going into the final 12 minutes of regulation.

Considering the changes made to the All Star Game format were intended to give fans a more competitive game to watch, commissioner Adam Silver and the league office should consider this year’s format a success.

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Team LeBron had canada goose rossclair uk a much different look on game night, following injuries to four of his team’s players: starter DeMarcus Cousins and All Star reserves Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis. Despite missing a handful of games leading up to the All Star break, LaMarcus Aldridge did show up ready to play, although he would be held to a strict minutes restriction, seeing only four minutes of action.

DeMar DeRozan and Damian Lillard led Team Stephen with 21 points each. Kyle Lowry was the high man in assists, racking up 11 in 21 minutes of play off the bench. Embiid had 19 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.

Durant was a stat sheet stuffer, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block. Westbrook joined James in nearly having a triple double, ending with 11 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.


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