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Team Lebron wins NBA All Star Game, Durant named MVP

After going down by 20 in third quarter, LeBron, Durant and co. pick up pace to beat Team Giannis

18.02.2019
Team Lebron wins NBA All Star Game, Durant named MVP

By Satuk Bugra Kutlugun

ANKARA

Team LeBron rallied to win Sunday's All-Star Game in Charlotte's Spectrum Center against Team Giannis 178-164 after going down as much as 20 points in the third quarter.

Kevin Durant -- who was named KIA All-Star MVP -- carried his team with 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field.

Team Giannis, captained by Milwaukee Bucks' Greek player Giannis Antetokounmpo, got the early lead in the game with 53-37 after the first quarter.

Giannis and co. got the upper hand after the first half ended: 95-82. However, fueled by Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal, the Team LeBron made it a close game with a 18-4 run in the third quarter.

Team LeBron opened up a 10-point lead with 5 minutes to go in the game, that was when Kevin Durant did not let Team Giannis come close.

Durant now scored 30 or more points in four different All-Star games, first player ever to do it in NBA's history.

Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 38 points on 17-for-23 shooting, adding 11 rebounds and five assists. Dirk Nowitzki -- who was specially added to the roster with Dwyane Wade -- scored 9 points on 3-of-3 three pointers.

Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monae performed from the AT&T Pregame Concert, rapper Jermaine Lamar Cole -- known as J. Cole -- performed at the half time of the match.

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