Eventual MVP Durant had a team-high 31 points and was named MVP, Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard each had 19 and Damian Lillard 18. Kyrie Irving had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Klay Thompson added 20 points.
“We just started making shots,” Durant said during a televised interview. “Our second group got us going and we took off from there. It doesn’t matter, all these players are great and we are mixing up the conferences, and there are so many great players in the league. Being out here among so much greatness. I appreciate it.”
Like just about every All-Star Game, a majority of the game was a glorified exhibition with easy dunks, open 3s and zero defence but in this annual celebration of basketball, when the score narrowed by the fourth quarter, players were in it to win.
This All-Star Game had its sweet, sentimental moments, too. Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade played in what is likely their final All-Star Game.
It was the second consecutive year Team LeBron won the All-Star Game.