The NBA All-Star Game is officially in the books, and the event will never be the same. After an extraordinary weekend of events, the league’s superstars saved the best for last. Trailing by nine points after three quarters, Team LeBron fought back to give us the greatest ending in All-Star Game history. The new Elam Ending set the target score at 302, and both sides fought with all they had to get there first. When the dust settled, it was Team LeBron that ended up on top. Here’s how it happened.
First quarter Team LeBron wins – ($ , (0 charity earnings)
After only a single quarter, 152 total points are on the board with Team LeBron leading Team Giannis – 57. Team LeBron produced the two MVP favorites through one frame, with Kawhi Leonard leading all scorers at points and Anthony Davis in close pursuit with nine playing in front of his hometown Chicago fans. Team Giannis has featured a more balanced attack with nobody topping eight points, but a number of players reaching at least six.
Second quarter Team Giannis wins – ($ , (0 charity earnings) despite trailing by in the overall score after one quarter, Team Giannis stormed back to take a nine-point overall lead by the half with the score at – . Antetokounmpo’s dominant quarter has him leading his team with 51 points so far, but it was defense (or, in All-Star parlance, Team LeBron’s lack of offense) that truly led to the swing. Rudy Gobert deserves at least a modicum of credit for holding an All-Star team to only 57 points in a quarter. Trae Young closed the frame with a gorgeous halfcourt shot.
Third quarter : The two teams tie, –
($ , 0 rolls over into winner’s pot) for the first time in All-Star history, the resetting score came into effect in the third quarter of this one. It was closely contested throughout, both both Nick Nurse and Frank Vogel called timeouts at the end of the quarter to try to draw up plays to win the frame. Ultimately, neither did. The final points came on an alley-oop to Rudy Gobert that tied it at 54. Russell Westbrook missed a potential quarter-winning shot at the buzzer, so the frame ended in a tie. That means that the charity money designated for it rolls into the pot for the game’s winner.
Fourth quarter Team LeBron wins – , wins game – ($