Jayson Tatum placed on a record-setting present, and made Giannis Antetokounmpo seem like a genius. Tatum scored an All-Star Recreation-record 55 factors on his solution to profitable MVP honours, and Workforce Giannis ended LeBron James’ maintain on All-Star captain supremacy by beating Workforce LeBron 184-175 within the NBA’s annual showcase exhibition on Sunday evening.
Tatum had 27 factors within the third quarter, one other All-Star Recreation report for any interval. He was the primary choose by Antetokounmpo within the starters’ portion of the All-Star draft, and ultimately, that choose proved to be the proper one.
“It means the world,” Tatum mentioned. “You consider all of the legends and nice gamers which have performed this recreation, and in all honesty, information are made to be damaged. I’ll maintain it for so long as I can, however I’m sure somebody will come alongside in a pair years and attempt to break it.”
Tatum broke Anthony Davis’ All-Star report of 52 factors. He was 22 of 31 from the ground, plus had 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
It was James’ first loss in six occasions as captain. Antetokounmpo improved to 1-2 in his All-Star captaincies, and have become the primary captain to hoist a brand new trophy introduced to the winners of the All-Star Recreation.
“Winner, winner, rooster dinner,” Antetokounmpo mentioned.
Donovan Mitchell added 40 for Workforce Giannis, which obtained 26 factors from Damian Lillard — together with the game-winner to push his staff previous the goal rating.
Jaylen Brown scored 35 factors and had 14 rebounds for Workforce LeBron, whereas Kyrie Irving had 32 factors and 15 assists and Joel Embiid completed with 32 factors.
Lillard, the winner of the 3-point contest on All-Star Saturday Night time, made eight 3s — together with a halfcourt pullup within the third quarter.
“That was the worst basketball recreation I’ve ever seen,” Workforce LeBron coach Michael Malone mentioned, clearly poking enjoyable on the defense-optional occasion.
The league had a ceremony earlier than the second half to pay tribute to the three main scorers in NBA historical past: No. 3 Karl Malone, No. 2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James, now the sport’s profession chief after he handed Abdul-Jabbar earlier this month.
Malone and Abdul-Jabbar have been delivered to the stage, after which Dwyane Wade — James’ former teammate in Miami and now a part-owner of the Jazz — launched James to deliver him onto the platform.
“We’ve all been witnesses,” Wade mentioned. “Regardless of the problem, irrespective of the noise, he was relentless.”
With the quantity 38,388 displayed behind him, James then raised his hand to thank the followers for his or her ovation, hugged Abdul-Jabbar and Malone. He didn’t return to the sport, his evening ending with a proper hand contusion.
He completed with 13 factors, and mentioned a chasedown block within the first half led to him getting a finger caught within the rim.
“Precautionary causes,” James mentioned.
James performed a half. The sport’s different captain didn’t play a half-minute.
Antetokoumpo drafted his staff earlier than the sport, went by way of warmups (resembling they have been) and began the sport as deliberate.
However his proper wrist was wrapped, and that was an ominous signal. The harm saved him out of All-Star Saturday’s expertise occasion, restricted him to twenty seconds on this one. He obtained an uncontested dunk to open the sport, then took a foul and headed to the bench.
“No matter I’ve, I’m going to offer,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “That’s who I’m. That’s by no means going to alter.”
As in previous years, the groups performed for charity, with Workforce LeBron elevating cash for Massive Brothers Massive Sisters of Utah and Workforce Giannis for Increase the Future, which connects youth ready in foster care with secure adults. Every staff began with $150,000, with the primary three quarters value one other $100,000 apiece and the All-Star Recreation winner getting one other $150,000.
The groups have been tied at 46-46 within the first quarter, and Workforce Giannis took the second quarter 53-46. Workforce Giannis additionally received the third quarter 59-49, and the cumulative rating to that time — 158-141, Workforce Giannis — meant 182 could be the rating to succeed in within the untimed fourth quarter with a target-score ending.
Workforce Giannis received $700,000 for its charity, and Workforce LeBron received $200,000.
Workforce Giannis: Antetokounmpo’s two factors saved him the all-time All-Star scoring common chief. He’s now averaging 25.1 factors in All-Star Video games, simply forward of Kevin Durant (25.0). With out that basket, he’d common 24.9. … Jrue Vacation took Antetokounmpo’s spot within the beginning lineup for the second half.
Workforce LeBron: Denver’s Nikola Jokic, the two-time reigning MVP, turned the primary participant to start out an All-Star Recreation on his birthday; he turned 28 on Sunday. The one different participant to seem in an All-Star Recreation on his birthday, the NBA mentioned, was Larry Nance Sr. in 1989. … Halftime lasted 42 minutes. … Paul George began rather than James for the second half.
214 international locations
Final yr’s All-Star Recreation was broadcast in 215 international locations; this yr, it was proven in 214 international locations. The omission was Russia. The NBA isn’t exhibiting its video games in Russia and hasn’t for almost a yr. The league suspended its enterprise actions with Russia in March 2022, simply days after that nation invaded Ukraine.
The officiating crew of John Goble, Mark Lindsay and Michael Smith had the sport.
Indianapolis will play host to the subsequent NBA All-Star weekend, set for Feb. 16-18, 2024. The town was imagined to have the 2021 recreation, but it surely was moved to Atlanta and significantly scaled down due to the pandemic.
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