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NBA AllStar Game Review

By Leland March

This years NBA all star game featured a different format than the one used in the past history of the NBA. This year featured 26 players and the top two of the 26 players were voted by the fans to beĀ  named captains of two teams.

The fans voted this year that the two captains should be Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Once the two captains were chosen, it was up to them to choose between the 24 players left to fill up their roster. After both teams had 13 players each it was time to play the game.

The game started at 8 pm eastern time and from the tip-off the players made it a point to play a higher level a defense than usually played in these All-star games. Team Stephen (Curry) started out with a strong lead heading into the the second quarter before Team Lebron (James) stormed back in the second quarter by trapping Team Stephen full court causing turnovers to go into the half only down by 2 points.

After Grammy nominated rapper, Kendrick Lamar performed during halftime, it was on to the second half of the game where once again, Team Stephen would take full charge going up 12 points with in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Team Stephen put in their reserves and saw their lead shrink back down to six points. By the end of the third quarter team Stephen’s lead was only three points with a score of 111 to 114. As the fourth and final quarter began it was a see-saw battle between the teams as both teams traded buckets back and fourth. With 40 seconds left team Stephen was up 144 to 145 when Lebron James caught a pass from Russel Westbrook for a lay up to put team Lebron up one point. After trapping Stephen Curry in the corner of the court, team Stephen failed to get a shot up in time to take the lead and the game was over.

Lebron James was named the MVP of the game. He finished with 29 points, 8 assists and 10 Rebounds.