After being down big in the first half, Team LeBron explodes in the second half of the NBA All-Star game to come away with a win over Team Giannis.
Kevin Durant scored 31 points to win the game’s MVP as Team LeBron had a furious second-half comeback to defeat Team Giannis in the All-Star Game, 178-164. Team LeBron outscored Team Giannis by 27 to stage the comeback.
The game featured some great dunks, passes, and 168 3-point attempts in what was another entertaining showcase between the NBA’s best.
Team Giannis dominated most of the first half, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 20 points at the break including many thunderous and gravity-defying dunks. The highlight of the game may have been the alley-oop he connected with Stephen Curry on that brought down the house.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 38 points (17-23 FG), along with 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Team Giannis. No player in All-Star Game history has totaled that many PTS/REB/AST in a single performance.
His last All-Star complete, Wade turns focus on playoff push
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade is adamant that the end of this season will be the right time for him to bid farewell to the game of basketball.
The game of basketball spent the weekend disagreeing with him.
Wade's final All-Star appearance as a player is now complete, a four-day trip that had testimonials, celebrations, moments with his family, countless photos and chats with some of basketball's royalty, and one more lob to LeBron James for good measure. He scored seven points in his final NBA All-Star Game, helping Team LeBron get a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis.
"If you could wake up and say, 'This is how I would like my perfect day to go, this is how I would like my perfect All-Star weekend to go,' then this was it for me," Wade told The Associated Press. "This was exactly what I envisioned, what I wanted when I knew I had this opportunity. And it's been even more than I thought it could be."
The score and the stats from the weekend will be forgotten.
The moments won't be, at least not anytime soon. And with 26 games left in the Heat season, the NBA is not ready to say goodbye.
"He's been one of the guys who's been a leader in our league, an ambassador worldwide as well as a champion," said Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson, one of many who lauded Wade at a dinner to start the weekend. "D-Wade embraced being the face of the league for a long time. ... I think the league has done well by him this season, with every arena honoring him, but also we're going to miss him."
So this weekend was about the past, present and future.
A few hours after landing in Charlotte, Wade thought he was headed to a dinner with some family and close friends. When he arrived with his wife Gabrielle Union and their new daughter Kaavia James, he quickly realized that he'd been misled by his inner circle — and dinner for a few was becoming dinner for a few hundred instead.
It turned out to be a five-hour party, replete with a red carpet arrival, him seated on a throne and simultaneously drinking from two glasses of red wine at one point, laughs, hugs, tears and capped by karaoke — one of his off-court obsessions. Speakers included Caron Butler, Donovan Mitchell, Isiah Thomas, Tim Hardaway, his parents Jolinda Wade and Dwyane Wade Sr., Charles Barkley, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Heat President Pat Riley.
They all told different stories with the same theme: Wade has meant so much, to so many, for so long.
"No one — when I say no one, I mean no one — has done the things at a professional level out of Chicago on a basketball stage better than Dwyane Wade," said Thomas, who like Wade is a proud son of the Windy City.
Riley spoke longer than anyone, nearly 20 minutes, and when he got done he tried to play off Wade's "One Last Dance" theme for his final season by having the sounds of Donna Summer's "Last Dance" blare through the room where revelers dined on filet mignon and sea bass.
The music played. Wade and Riley hugged. Riley kissed the most important draftee of his career on the cheek.
"He's the greatest," Riley said.
Wade even savored the regular All-Star machinations — interviews, practice, appearances. Fans screamed for him and clamored for him to sign anything and everything when he walked into media day on Saturday, and he couldn't go anywhere without someone asking for a photo or autograph.
"To be here, for me to be able to choose him to be part of Team LeBron, for him to be here this weekend, it's a bittersweet moment, obviously," said James, Wade's championship-winning teammate in Miami and later a teammate again in Cleveland. "The bitter part of it, that this is his last weekend being in All-Star Weekend and knowing that his journey is coming to an end as far as a basketball player. But the sweet moment is that we've got so much more life to live together, and we will continue that."
The biggest thrill Wade got of his celebration weekend, however, had nothing to do with his own play.
His kid was a star on the All-Star stage.
From throwing lobs with his dad and James at practice Saturday, getting an on-court tutorial from reigning NBA MVP James Harden, posing for photos himself, even being on the court for warm ups at the All-Star Game and slapping fives with Blake Griffin among others, Zaire Wade — a budding star — soaked up everything he could all weekend.
That was precisely what his father wanted.
"Having Zaire by my side every step of this road is something that I really wanted to do," Wade said. "But I couldn't imagine it'd be this cool. He was trending worldwide. That's, like, insane."
Wade's last regular season with the Heat ends April 10. After that, the Heat hope, there's a playoff run. And then he's done, sans for one final game — a 1-on-1 matchup against Zaire, the high school junior who has multiple Division I offers already and will likely draw more this summer before he commits to a college this fall. Read More Here