Stephen Curry wins MVP, LeBron James wins game to win fifth straight NBA All-Star Game

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Team LeBron beat Team Durant 163-160 in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game as Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James hit the game-winner to improve to 5-0 as a general manager in the game.

It was a very relaxed start to the game with Team LeBron and Team Durant happily conceding hoops, although LeBron James woke up the crowd with his first dunk. Team LeBron took a 10-point lead, but Team Durant quickly closed the gap with a run highlighted by Ja Morant’s 180 alley-oop.

Karl-Anthony Towns gave Durant their first lead of the night with a pair of transition dunks, but James quickly responded with a corner three to level things at 32-32. Luka Doncic hit a pair of threes late in the period and Team LeBron won the first quarter 47-45. With this, James earned money for his LeBron James Foundation.

First-time Cleveland Cavalier All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen kicked off in second with seven quick points to give Team LeBron a 9-7 lead. Fellow debutants LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray hung on for a lob, while Devin Booker hit a triple to give Team Durant a 20-17 advantage.

Stephen Curry warmed up from beyond the arc, nailing four 3-pointers, including a pair of deep bombs from nearly half the court. Curry stayed hot beyond the arc, but Joel Embiid tied it at the other end and Team Durant won the second quarter 49-46.

At halftime, Team Durant led Team LeBron 94-93 in the aggregate score.

The Durant team got off to a fast start in third as Embiid powered them to a 14-6 lead before Curry responded to close the gap. Curry continued to turn off the lights, hitting a series of tough looks and even attempting one from the half court.

Giannis Antetokounmp, in true fashion, played hard on both sides while Curry knocked down more threes to keep Team LeBron within striking distance. Antetokoumpo opened up for a few more uncontested dunks and the two teams were tied 45-45 after the third, but Durant’s team led 139-138 heading into the final period.

With a target score of 163, the defenses finally tightened between the two teams with Embiid and Curry leading the way for their respective teams. Ball put Team Durant up two, but Antetokounmpo responded with a base jumper to tie it at 155-155.

DeMar DeRozan nailed his patented elbow turnover to bring Team LeBron within two points of the target score, but Zach LaVine responded with a three to give Team Durant a chance. Fittingly, though, James iced the game in his hometown of Cleveland with a jumper over LaVine to give Team LeBron the win.

Curry was rightly named the first NBA All-Star Game MVP, Kobe Bryant, after scoring 50 points and breaking the game’s record 3-pointer.

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