2020 NBA ALL-STAR
2020 NBA All-Star game saw Lebron James captain a winning team for the third consecutive season. Team Lebron beat Team Giannis 157-155 to take the win at Chicago Bull’s United Centre. Since the NBA sanctioned the All-Star draft format in 2018, King James has been unbeatable. Kawhi Leonard won the inaugural Kobe Bryant MVP Award, which was renamed in his honor. The two teams honored Kobe by playing hard to the final second #MambaMentality.
The 2020 NBA All-Star game was following the newly adopted “Elam Ending”; where a team wins after reaching a specific score. Chicago native, Anthony Davis made the final of his two free throws to give Team LeBron the victory. The change of format gives the game the drama and competitiveness that the league cherishes. The final possessions were especially thrilling and kept the audience on their toes. Both teams fought valiantly to win in the untimed fourth quarter.
“It felt like playing in the league in a playoff game,” said Team Lebron’s Anthony Davis. “It’s a great competition, and it’s 24 players who go out and compete at a very high level, and to do it in front of a crowd like this, with a new format that we were a little skeptical of, we didn’t know how it was gonna go, but everyone, at the end of the day, they loved it. It brings back the competition, so it was great.”
Leonard finished the game with 30 points, shooting 8/14 behind the three-point line to take home the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP. “It means a lot to me,” he celebrated. “Words can’t even explain. Just making this the first Kobe Bryant MVP trophy, I wanna thank Kobe for everything he did for me. All the long talks and workouts. Thank you. This one’s for him.”
Kobe Bryant MVP Trophy
During Saturday’s news conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the All-Star Game MVP trophy will be renamed after Kobe Bryant. Kobe had won the award a record-equalling four times in his illustrious 20-year career. “Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” Silver said. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”
The best performers at the 2020 NBA All-Star were:
Kawhi Leonard, F, Team LeBron: 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals
LeBron James, F, Team LeBron: 23 points, six assists, five rebounds, two blocks, one steal
Chris Paul, G, Team LeBron: 23 points, six assists, two rebounds
Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Team Giannis: 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal
Kemba Walker, G, Team Giannis: 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal
Rudy Gobert, C, Team Giannis: 21 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one block