Giannis, Dame lead Team LeBron to win in ASG

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of basketball's NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta, Sunday, March 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

LeBron James didn’t want to be here in the first place.

It turns out his team didn’t need him.

Team LeBron cruised to a 170-150 All-Star Game over Team Durant on Sunday as James watched the second half from the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo was perfect from the field while Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard held their own in-game 3-point contest to lead the rout.

Team LeBron won each of the first three quarters to carry a 146-125 edge into the final stanza, meaning that the first team to 170 points would win, per the game’s Elam ending format. It was far too steep a hill to climb for Team Durant. 

Team LeBron produced several noteworthy performances, but none bigger than Antetokounmpo, who tallied 35 points and seven rebounds without missing a shot en route to MVP honors.

He rolled the dice with his perfect game by launching a contested 3-pointer in the third quarter. A friendly bounce off the backboard upped his tally to 16-of-16 from the field including connecting on all three of his 3-point attempts. 

Curry and Lillard, meanwhile, put on a show to rival the 3-point contest that Curry won earlier Sunday. Lillard tallied 32 points while connecting on 8-of-16 3-point attempts. Curry matched Lillard’s 8-of-16 effort from deep en route to 28 points. 

By the end of the first half, the sharpshooters were toying with Team Durant with back-to-back halfcourt shots. 

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