Monday Drive: What we learned from the NBA All-Star Game


A layup by Russell Westbrook, the reigning league MVP, put Team LeBron up three points, which, along with the defensive mastery of James and Durant, sealed the game. Curry scored just 11 points off four-of-14 shooting.

But this year, Lillard made the team and played like he had something to prove.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star recorded 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to claim his third career All-Star MVP title.

They fought back to take the lead with about 30 seconds left to the end.

Had the outcome favored Team Stephen on Sunday, it's plausible that votes for a Most Valuable Player in an All-Star Game could've been cast for Embiid, who also scored 19 points, in part because of defensive contributions - a first. He said after the game that the new format was great. That draft was something that hadn't been done before, and the great thing about our commissioner is he is absolutely willing to do something new and change the format.

For the first time in recent memory, the NBA All-Star Game produced a competitive, down-to-the-wire matchup that came down to the final play Sunday night.

Fans in the arena chanted, "We want Paul", during his media session over the weekend, prompting the Thunder forward to address the elephant in the room. The previous four All-Star Games had been the highest scoring ever in regulation.

Warriors Why LeBron would pick Golden State An MVP core of James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry? Team LeBron again trapped and infested the passing lanes, forcing a shot clock violation that ended the game.

Maybe the winning share of $100,000 for each player had something to do with it as well, but having a game come down to the final seconds and seeing defense decide the game was refreshing. "I was just trying to make a play and nothing surfaced". The NBA could have gone with Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving or Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, both of whom almost accumulated a triple-double.

After DeRozan made 1 of 2 free throws to give Team Stephen a one-point lead with 40 seconds left, James scored on a drive to put his team ahead.

For the first time in recent memory, there's no ideal candidate. So in an unfortunately non-televised event, King James and Chef Curry went back and forth with a pool of players and drafted their 15-man roster, starting with the starting five, then choosing the reserves.

Lillard has received some flack from fellow National Basketball Association stars (namely Russell Westbrook) for being so outspoken about his All-Star disappointment, but Lillard is one of the best players in the National Basketball Association, and he played like it Sunday.

Comedian Kevin Hart introduced the players before the tip-off.