NBA All Star Weekend came to an end Sunday evening with the playing of the 67th NBA All Star game. Unlike years before of the traditional best players in the Eastern Conference battling the best players in the Western Conference, in which the Western Conference has dominated in recent years, this years format was revamped to make the game more competitive and entertaining.
As leading vote getters from their respective conferences, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James (East) and Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (West) had the opportunity to pick their respective All Star game teams playground basketball style from the pool of selected NBA All Stars.
After trailing majority of the game by as many as 15 points, in the end it was James team, featuring players such as Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder) that would reign supreme, defeating Curry’s team by three points, 148-145, after Curry couldn’t attempt a game tying shot because of the defense, yes defense in an All Star game, of a Durant and James double team with seconds remaining.
LeBron James would ultimately win his third NBA All Star Game MVP Award, tying the great Michael Jordan for the most All Star Game MVPs in NBA history, with a game high 29 points, to go along with 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Adding 29 points to his career total, now at 343 points, James has also scored more points than any other player in NBA All Star Game history.