Klay Thompson also lead Team Stephen with 15 points at half.
"Sometimes you have to improvise when it breaks down", James said. It worked out not only for the players, not only for the league, but for our fans, for everybody.
If you're an National Basketball Association fan here, that might have been the highlight of the weekend - a tug of war between Westbrook and fans over whether the Lakers could sell cap space to an upcoming free agent. He said after the game that the new format was great. One can imagine a blowout in either direction robbing the game of its newfound intensity. "The game was kind of getting away, but I think a few of us took it a little personal that we wanted to keep the game still competitive and at a high level". Not only would the fourth bring a comeback and some defense with it, but these two mega-teams were running plays down the stretch!
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The most significant play Durant made of the night was on the defensive end, when him and James trapped Curry in the corner to prevent a game-tying three pointer as time expired.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who almost posted a triple-double in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on his way to winning MVP, said Los Angeles was a "perfect" All-Star Weekend host.
He knows, too, that whatever he says is going to be dissected, parsed and studied, the outside world trying to get a read on his future by analyzing his words. He was able to hit Kyrie on the baseline, and playing with Kyrie for so many games, you know, if I just make myself available, he would find me. But when it comes to two of the greatest players in Cleveland Cavaliers history, their rivalry is only just beginning.
Last week Silver mentioned that Steph Curry was one of the players who did not want the draft to be televised, saying, "Let's see how it goes, and then we can talk about televising it.'" However, after seeing how everything played out it appears a majority of players feel the 2019 All-Star Draft should be open to the public. "So once I got the ball from Joel and turned and looked to get a clear shot at the rim, I saw LeBron and K.D. try to double team me. Everybody just falls in line when the game tells you to".
After the theme of the weekend was the Lakers' pursuit of Paul George, the fans on hand didn't exactly roll out the red carpet for the player many think could collude with James and land in L.A. next summer.
Moments later, Team LeBron's Kevin Durant connected with Russell Westbrook, on a layup to cut the lead to one. And mounting the big fourth-quarter comeback, he streaked along the baseline to snag a pass from a penetrating Irving, finishing with a monstrous and-1 dunk.