Giannis, Team Stephen fall to Team LeBron in All-Star showdown
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Team Steph teammates suffered a narrow loss to Team LeBron in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night in Los Angeles…
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Team Stephen teammates were narrowly edged by Team LeBron in a thrilling 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Named a starter in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career, Antetokounmpo’s 16-point, 7-rebound night wasn’t enough to stop Team LeBron from picking up a 148-145 in the first All-Star Game that featured a player draft.
Antetokounmpo, who was narrowly beaten out by LeBron James for the most All-Star votes in the NBA, was drafted to Team Stephen by captain Stephen Curry in a player draft conducted between James and Curry.
While Team Stephen led for large parts of the game, including a double-digit led late in the fourth quarter, a late surge from Team LeBron managed to turn the tide.
After tying the game in the dying moments at the Staples Center, Team LeBron took the lead before a Russell Westbrook lay-up extended Team LeBron’s lead to three points with about 10 seconds left in the contest.
With Antetokounmpo on the bench, Team Stephen – led by their captain – looked to execute a three-point play with the clock winding down; however, a solid double-team effort on Curry prevented the Team Stephen from getting a shot off before the buzzer despite a last-ditch attempt from Demar DeRozan.
DeRozan and Damian Lillard led Team Stephen scorers with 21 points each, while it was James who led all scorers on the night as he posted 29 points for Team LeBron en route to being named MVP.
In what was a more-defensive All-Star Game compared to recent editions of the midseason showpiece, Antetokounmpo still had a solid outing for Team Stephen; however, his efforts were far less impressive than the 30 points he posted off-the-bench he posted in last year’s All-Star Game.
Following the All-Star Game, Antetokounmpo’s focus will shift to guiding the Milwaukee Bucks back to the playoffs with the Bucks’ first post-All-Star outing coming in Toronto against the Raptors on Friday night.