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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Giannis Antetokounmpo Named MVP in 70th NBA All-Star Game

Team LeBron defeated Team Durant 170-150 in the 70th NBA All-Star Game that took place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta in the early hours Monday morning.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece/Nigeria; Milwaukee Bucks) was named the Most Valuable Player and finished with 35 points on a perfect 16-on-16 shooting. Damian Lillard added 32 points for Team LeBron.

The league’s top scorer Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) led Team Durant with 26 points. Please see the full game recap here.

Three-time NBA champion Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors) won his second MTN DEW 3-Point Contest beating Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley in the final round. He became only the seventh player in NBA history to win the contest multiple times.

Anfernee Simons (Portland Trail Blazers) won the AT&T Slam Dunk. He became the first Trail Blazer to win the dunk contest, finishing with a dunk in which he nearly kisses the rim.

NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis won the 2021 Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Antetokounmpo’s 16-for-16 game easily eclipsed the previous All-Star record of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Hal Greer, who went eight-of-eight in 1968. Antetokounmpo also made all three of his three point attempts.

James improved to 4-0 in All-Star games he has served as a team captain. He finished with four points in just 13 minutes of playing time.

“I always try to pick the right team, and I’ve been lucky enough for four years to pick the right team,” James said. “Guys go out and compete and play to win. I’ve been on the winning side of all four.”

James’ participation in the annual showcase was at one time in doubt. Last month James slammed the NBA for holding the contest during the global pandemic calling it a “slap in the face.”

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