The King turned back the clock Sunday night during the NBA’s 72nd All-Star Game, nailing a turnaround jump shot in his old palace to clinch the victory for Team LeBron 163-160. The game capped off an All-Star Weekend in Cleveland that celebrated the games’ top 75 players of all time and included a showcase of said players during halftime.
One of the members of the All-75 Team, Stephen Curry, put on a shooting clinic for the fans in attendance. The Akron-born 33-year-old sank 16 3-pointers, an NBA All-Star record, on his way to scoring 50 points and earning the MVP award for his performance. Arguably the greatest shooter in the history of the sport, Curry received many ooh’s and ah’s from the crowd, even after being booed during pregame introductions.
Sixers Center Joel Embiid led the way for Team Durant (who did not play because of injury), netting 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Outside of Embiid, young gun Dejounte Murray from the Spurs put up 17 points on 7-11 shooting in his first All-Star Game appearance, and Grizzlies star-studded point guard Ja Morant had some sensational highlight dunks.
Both Cavalier representatives had their moments in the game. Darius Garland finished with 13 points in 24 minutes while Jarrett Allen scored 10 points and chipped in with nine rebounds in the same 24-minute timespan. In the untimed fourth quarter, Garland and Allen were joined with James on the court, a moment Cleveland fans had been waiting for ever since James drafted both players during the All-Star Draft. It capped off a nice All-Star weekend for the Cavaliers. Evan Mobley had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Rising Stars game on Friday and Team CAVS consisting of Mobley, Garland & Allen won the Skills Challenge on Saturday.
The game wasn’t anything spectacular. Team LeBron won the first quarter, Team Durant won the second, and the teams tied at the end of the third, giving both the Kent State I Promise School and the Cleveland Food Bank an equal amount of money through the first three quarters. The game didn’t have the biggest highlights, or the flashiest moments, but every player in their game had their moment at some point, and it was worth the watch. The game closed out an All-Star break that brought mans fans to the CLE and gave the Cavs, and every other team in the Association, a chance to rest up for the final stretch of the 2021-2022 NBA regular season.
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