Team LeBron picked up the win over Team Durant in the 70th NBA All-Star Game, using a 21-2 run in the second quarter to blow the game wide open. Team LeBron won the first three quarters, leading by 21 as the game headed into the 24-point target score. Team Durant got as close as 17, when Damian Lillard hit three straight threes to close out the win in an All-Star version of Dame Time.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP, scoring 35 points on an absurd, even by All-Star standards, 16-16 shooting, including 3-3 from three. Team LeBron was also aided by the competition of Lillard and Stephen Curry, who challenged each other all night despite being on the same team, each shooting 8-16 from deep, including multiple half court attempts (and makes!).
Domantas Sabonis, following his Skills Challenge victory earlier in the evening, was, not surprisingly, not a huge part of the highlight reel for Team LeBron. He played in the second and fourth quarters, totaling about 10-12 minutes of game action, scoring two points with an offensive rebound and assist to Jaylen Brown on a four-point play in the fourth quarter.
Sabonis’s two points came in the second quarter on a dunk, helping contributing $5,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as part of the league’s focus and awareness on HBCU’s this weekend. Team LeBron’s dominance helped bring a total contribution of $1,250,000 to the fund.
Sabonis gets his first bucket in the All-Star game - a dunk out of the pick-and-roll: pic.twitter.com/UuQMjvtxbZ— Tony East (@TEastNBA) March 8, 2021
Though Sabonis wasn’t a big part of the game proper, as is typically the case with big men, he wasn’t phased by it after the game, saying he was happy having scored on a pass from Luka Doncic, as well as getting the victory in the Skills Challenge.
The All-Star Break begins for Sabonis and Cassius Stanley and continues for the rest of the Indiana Pacers, who will prepare for a three game West Coast trip, starting Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers.