With the conclusion of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, in which Team LeBron came back from 20 points to beat Team Giannis by a score of 178-164, it’s time for a few days off before league play kicks back up again on Thursday.
The two former Wildcats who participated in the All-Star Game, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, played a combined total of only 15 minutes for Team LeBron, but still made sure to get in on the fun.
The first half of the game was all about dunks and slick passing. Little defense was played – as expected – from either side and Giannis Antetokounmpo had his way in the paint through the first two quarters. But in the third quarter, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, and Klay Thompson brought Team LeBron all the way from the trenches with a bevy of triples to eventually take the lead in the fourth quarter before a 10-2 run late in the game sealed the win for Team LeBron.
Davis played only four minutes, all of them coming in the first quarter. There were question marks surrounding whether or not Davis would play in this game in the first place, considering he was limited with a shoulder injury in the four Pelicans games leading into the All-Star break. But he still went out there and got some shots up, scoring five points on 2-2 shooting, including a made three, and pulling in one board.
Anthony Davis says he’s good to go tonight but he admits he’s not going for the MVP award ? pic.twitter.com/yEFh75BnAw
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 18, 2019
Davis probably could have played more minutes if he wanted to, but he’s just asking the media/fans to rain down on him with the fury of hell if he went out there and dropped 30 points in 25 minutes looking perfectly healthy. Playing a mere four minutes was likely the right move for his situation.
Towns played 11 minutes and made sure to take full advantage of them, pouring in 11 points on 5-7 shooting (1-3 from three) in addition to three rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Overall, it was a pretty entertaining All-Star Game. The two teams combined for the most made threes in All-Star Game history with 62 makes on an outstanding 167 attempts. The second half featured some engaged defense and the best shooters in the world going nuts from every area on the court. The third quarter was basically just the two teams exchanging threes from 25-feet out and it was glorious. At least three times during that quarter did I just swing my head back and shoot my arms into the air while screaming “HOW?!”
Kevin Durant took home the MVP honors for the second time in his career after he posted 31 points on 10-15 shooting (6-9 from three) to go along with seven rebounds.
Talk to you all on Thursday! I’ll be hibernating until then.
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