Recap of the NBA All-Star Game

Team Giannis and Lebron faced off in the United Center in Chicago. Team Lebron took the game 157-155.

Jackson Haas, Staffer

NBA All-Star Weekend culminated with the event the weekend is named after. Teams Giannis and Lebron faced off in the United Center in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Bulls. Captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lebron James who received the most All-Star votes in their conferences, east and west respectively.

The All-Star game had a twist this year. In previous years the All-Star game was played as a regular basketball game, in this new format both teams compete to win the first 3 quarters, the winners of each quarter will receive $100,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice. During the 4th quarter, the collective scores of every quarter are added up, the final target score is 24 points, a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, added to the point total for the team in the lead. The clock will be turned off for the fourth quarter to guarantee a team hits the final target score, thus ensuring the All-Star Game will conclude on a game-winning shot.

Team Lebron took the first and Team Giannis took the second. The third quarter ended in a tie, but the real star of the show was the 4th quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 133-124 with Team Giannis in the lead, therefore the target score to end the game was 157. The 4th quarter was like a playoff game. Players were arguing calls, taking charges and playing hard defense. In a game largely criticized as a bad midseason game with no defense, it felt like a game 7 of the NBA Finals. The atmosphere in the United Center was electric. 

Kawhi Leonard of Team Lebron won All-Star game MVP, with his performance of 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. In conclusion, this All-Star game was one of the best in the last 20 years. The format will be used in many All-Star games to come and left a very good impression on one of the best All-Star weekends in a long time.