Team LeBron beat Team Steph by three points, 148-145, after Stephen Curry couldn’t attempt a game-tying shot because of the length of a Kevin Durant and James Harden double-team. This game showed a bit of everything, and featured more defense than ever before.
Here’s what you missed:
11:14 p.m. - Steph tries to get a shot up at the buzzer but can’t. Team LeBron wins!
11:13 p.m. - LeBron’s layup puts his team up by one, then a Russell Westbrook layup makes it a three-point lead with 10.7 seconds to go.
11:11 p.m. - Team Steph up one point with 40 seconds to go!
11:07 p.m. - We have our first ever All-Star Game review, and somehow they got it wrong! Ball hits off Embiid’s foot out of bounds, but Team Steph gets the ball back anyway.
11:03 p.m. - Kyrie, LeBron, KD, Russ and PG are closing for Team LeBron, and DeMar, Joel, Steph, Giannis and Harden for Team Steph. Tie game!
10:57 p.m. - Russell Westbrook and-one cuts the lead to one point. Team Steph 140, Team LeBron 139!
10:51 p.m. - Team Steph 134, Team LeBron 125, with just under six minutes to go!
10:35 p.m. - One quarter to go, Team Steph leads Team LeBron, 112-109. We’re in for a good finish.
10:24 p.m. - Victor Oladipo is treating this game like the Dunk Contest:
10:12 p.m. - LeBron just went up, under then switched hands for a flashy layup. Steph was impressed!
10:10 p.m. - Steph’s hungry:
9:52 p.m. - A lot is going on:
9:47 p.m. - The Migos are here!
9:45 p.m. - The mascots are dancing!
9:44 p.m. - Jimmy Butler is the only All-Star not to step on the court tonight. Looks like he’s just tired.
9:43 p.m. - Halftime time. Good luck to everyone.
9:36 p.m. - Team Steph leads Team LeBron, 78-76. LeBron has 15 points, Klay Thompson has 15 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns has 13.
9:35 p.m. - Team Steph just double-teamed James Harden and it worked! Defense back.
9:29 p.m. - JO3L from deep!
9:28 p.m. - They’re starting to figure it out. Check LeBron’s reverse dunk:
9:23 p.m. - Kyrie Irving just went in-and-out behind his back!
9:16 p.m. - This SHOULDN’T have been a goal-tend. Booo.
9:08 p.m. - Team Steph leads Team LeBron, 42-31, after the first quarter.
8:55 p.m. - LeBron just bricked, and maaaan this is some ugly basketball. Team Steph leads, 27-22, with just more than four minutes to go.
8:49 p.m. - Anthony Davis is wearing DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star jersey! That’s so nice and pure.
8:47 p.m. - Welp, the defense stopped quickly.
8:42 p.m. - Joel Embiid scores the first points of the game, and defense is actually being played!
8:39 p.m. - CAN’T. STOP. WATCHING.
All you need to watch from the Star-Spangled Banner performance pic.twitter.com/8ApnYPH9w8— Mark (@tole_cover) February 19, 2018
8:32 p.m. - To recap what just went on:
8:28 p.m. - THEY’RE OVER. Bless up. On to the anthem songs now.
8:23 p.m. - I think this intro might set a world record because it’s never going to end.
8:20 p.m. - Basically everyone got a buzzcut over the weekend. Shouts Kemba Walker and Kevin Durant.
8:18 p.m. - Kevin Hart is here doing intros. He’s really short compared to the NBA dudes.
8:15 p.m. - It’s over everyone, let’s be thankful there’s no Act Four.
8:12 p.m. - LUDACRIS is here for Act Three because of course there is an Act Three.
8:08 p.m. - THERE’S A SECOND ACT? Adam Devine is out here with Queen Latifah. Rob Riggle is on guitar. Folks, what is this? I’m not sure if I like it, but I just want to know who else they’re gonna bring out.
8:05 p.m. - What is happening!?! Jamie Foxx is out here rapping in a cowboy outfit next to Rob Riggle and Kevin Hart.
7:30 p.m. - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are having a pregame conversation. Looks like they’re ready to push the drama aside for a night as they’re minutes from sharing the court on the same team!
6:06 p.m. - LeBron is making a statement with his shoes for the night. They read “More than an athlete,” which is a reference to the FOX News host who suggested he “shut up and dribble.”
LeBron's using his shoes to make a statement pic.twitter.com/0K4jx84ONw— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 18, 2018
Before the Game
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will look much different from years past. This year, the NBA adopted a draft-style format when selecting All-Star teams. The two team captains, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, were determined by who generated the most votes. Now, Team LeBron and Team Stephen will clash at 8 p.m. ET on TNT (live stream).
The starters were selected by fans, media, and NBA players, while the head coaches for this game selected the pool of reserve players who were drafted. Toronto’s Dwane Casey will be in charge of Team LeBron, and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni will lead Team Stephen.
Team LeBron includes Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, and Russell Westbrook. But Curry's team doesn't lack star power. DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid will play alongside Curry.
What makes this game even better is that both sides will play for a charity. Team LeBron will play for After-School All-Stars Los Angeles, while Team Curry will represent Brotherhood Crusade.
How to watch the 2018 NBA All-Star Game
- When: Sunday, Feb. 18
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV: TNT
- Online: TNT Drama