Antetokounmpo shines, Nowitzki and Wade can still play – takeaways from NBA All-Star Game
Team LeBron did not get off to a great start, but came back to claim a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his team were motivated, but Team LeBron's late game run was too much to handle.
Kevin Durant took home his second All-Star Game MVP with 31 points.
Here are three takeaways from the final event of All-Star weekend.
Giannis is ready to take the league by storm
Although the Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the NBA and Antetokounmpo is a frontrunner for MVP, Team LeBron were considered the favourite in this contest.
Antetokounmpo responded to the critics with a plethora of dunks. His most impressive one came on an unorthodox bounce pass from Stephen Curry.
Antetokounmpo even managed to rattle a pair of three-pointers home en route to his 38 points and 11 rebounds on 17-of-23 shooting.
Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade still have gas in the tank
Nowitzki and Wade played limited minutes in the game, but still showed bursts of the talent that helped them become legends.
Nowitzki connected on all three of his field goal attempts, and all of them were three-pointers.
HOLD EM UP. pic.twitter.com/oVhCOxKvt1— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 18, 2019
Meanwhile, Wade notched his 13th All-Star appearance and got to throw one last lob to his good friend James.
It had to happen once last time...— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 18, 2019
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Wade finished with seven points on two-of-four shooting.
Three points are better than two
As always, the All-Star Game featured basketball's best shooters. When it came down to it, long-range marksmen were what won the game.
Despite trailing by 13 points at the half and battling against a deficit of 20 plus, Team LeBron used the deep ball to secure the victory.
James' squad shot 90 three-pointers, which was 13 more than the opposition. It connected on 35 of those attempts and 11 different players contributed at least one made three-pointer.
Six total players hit five or more three-pointers in the contest, the most ever in an All-Star Game.