NBA All-Star Weekend is a wrap, but not before a thrilling fourth quarter between Team LeBron and Team Giannis sent the NBA world into a frenzy.
Lock-down defense was played. Fouls were argued. We even had a coach’s challenge!
Relive every big moment from an action-packed weekend in Chicago, which culminated in Team LeBron’s 157-155 win over Team Giannis.
All-Star Game: Team LeBron 157, Team Giannis 155
Apart from the revamped format for this season — the first three quarters served as “mini games” where each win would secure money for charity — the first 36 minutes of the All-Star Game went as expected. Threes were falling from everywhere, alley-oops came easier than layups and defense was very much optional.
Then the fourth quarter happened, and an all-time classic broke out.
The Elam-style, first-to-157 finish turned the normal All-Star format on its head. Players were diving for loose balls, running plays, swarming on defense and, in the case of Team Giannis’ Kyle Lowry, taking charges.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson is joined by all the NBA All-Stars to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant.
LeBron James gets out in transition and finishes the reverse dunk in style.
Kyle Lowry takes the charge from Kawhi Leonard and smiles while being picked up by his teammates.
Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to distract Russell Westbrook with a dance before he takes free throws.
Jayson Tatum scoops up the loose ball and immediately throrws a behind-the-back pass to Ben Simmons for a two-handed jam.
Chris Paul catches the lob from Russell Westbrook and throws it down with two hands.
Trae Young pulls up from half court and knocks it down right before the first-half buzzer.
Trae Young dribbles the ball through James Harden’s legs and gets to the basket, but is unable to finish the layup.
Chris Paul throws the lob from the awkward angle to Ben Simmons for the jam.
Giannis Antetokounmpo locks up LeBron James and blocks the fadeaway shot.
Anthony Davis is fouled by Kyle Lowry and hits the second free throw, winning the game for Team LeBron.
Best Moments of All-Star Saturday Night
Saturday ushered in the second night of All-Star competition as players took the court to compete in the skills challenge, 3-point contest and dunk competition. Dwayne Wade and Candace Parker kicked off the night with a tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.
Dwyane Wade and Candace Parker kick off All-Star Saturday Night by honoring Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and David Stern.
The action that followed saw all three competitions come down to the wire, including a dunk-off between Derrick Jones Jr and Aaron Gordon. Jones was one of two Miami Heat players to win on Saturday, along with teammate Bam Adebayo, who won the skills competition. Kings center Buddy Hield won the other event of the night, narrowly edging Devin Booker in the 3-point showdown.
The first-round matchups featured no wins by guards: Adebayo over Spencer Dinwiddie, Pascal Siakam over Patrick Beverley, Khris Middleton over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Domantas Sabonis over Jayson Tatum.
In round two, Adebayo defeated Siakam and Sabonis edged Middleton, setting up a final between the first-time All-Star power forwards from the Eastern Conference.
Despite making only one 3-pointer this season, Adebayo defeated Sabonis to become the first Heat player to win the Skills Challenge since Dwyane Wade in 2007.
Bam Adebayo takes down Domantas Sabonis in the championship round to claim the 2020 Taco Bells Skills Challenge.
The 3-point contest featured All-Stars Trae Young and Booker, as well as last year’s champion Joe Harris. Shooting guards Devonte’ Graham, Hield, Duncan Robinson and Zach LaVine also participated, along with power forward Davis Bertans.
Booker and Hield scored 27 points in the opening round, followed by Bertans’ score of 26; those three advanced to the championship round. LaVine led all shooters that did not advance with 23 points, with Young bringing up the rear with 15 points.
Booker eliminated Bertans in the championship round by scoring 26 points, four more than the Washington big man. But Hield made his last money ball to edge Booker and become the first Kings player to win the 3-point contest since Peja Stojakovic in 2003.
Buddy Hield needed to make the last shot on the final rack to beat Devin Booker and win the 3-point contest.
This year’s dunkers included a high-rising multi-sport athlete in Pat Connaughton, “Airplane Mode” Jones, 2016 runner-up Gordon and 2008 winner Dwight Howard. The five judges: Former Finals MVP Dwyane Wade, two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, “I Used to Love H.E.R.” rapper Common and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.
Aaron Gordon jumps over Chance the Rapper for a 360 dunk for a perfect 50 score.
Howard was eliminated despite his return to Superman on a lob from former teammate Jameer Nelson, while Connaughton didn’t advance despite jumping over MLB MVP Christian Yelich and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jones hit a reverse tornado through the legs for a “50” dunk, while Gordon compiled two 50s in the first round, the second coming after flying over Chance the Rapper.
Jones and Gordon scored two 50s each in the second round, forcing a final dunk-off to decide the contest. They each tallied another 50, then with their second dunk-off attempts, Jones windmilled from just inside the free throw line to score a 48, while Gordon leaped over Boston’s 7-foot-5 center Tacko Fall. But Gordon only earned a 47, giving Jones a controversial win.
Derrick Jones Jr. catches the pass off the backboard, goes between-the-legs and over someone for the dunk.
Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and game MVP Miles Bridges lead Team USA’s charge and defeat Team World 151-131.
Pau Gasol and Sue Bird pay tribute to Kobe Bryant and David Stern prior to the Rising Stars Challenge.
Trae Young puts on a dribbling clinic, as he puts it between RJ Barrett’s legs and gets his floater to fall.
Ja Morant shows off his jaw-dropping athleticism with a powerful slam and a near-monstrous block against RJ Barrett.
Ja Morant and Zion Williamson leave Chicago in awe as they complete a between-the-legs alley-oop in transition.
Luka Doncic shares a great moment with Trae Young after Doncic drills a prayer from half court.
Miles Bridges takes a page out of Tracy McGrady’s book with a self-pass off the backboard for the nasty slam.
Best Moments of All-Star Celebrity Game: Team Wilbon 62, Team Stephen A. 47
Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon are introduced as their teams prepare to square off in the Celebrity All-Star Game.
Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon offer remarks to honor the late Kobe Bryant and David Stern prior to the Celebrity All-Star Game.
Relive the best moments from the Celebrity All-Star game, including Darius Miles’ block, Stephen A. Smith getting T’d up, and Spice Adams’ legendary moment.
* Replacing Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard
Jayson Tatum | Celtics
Pascal Siakam | Raptors
Bam Adebayo | Heat
Domantas Sabonis | Pacers
Patrick Beverley | Clippers
Khris Middleton | Bucks
Spencer Dinwiddie | Nets
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander* | Thunder
* Replacing Pistons’ Derrick Rose
Zion Williamson | Pelicans
Trae Young | Hawks
Ja Morant | Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. | Grizzlies
Kendrick Nunn | Heat
Eric Paschall | Warriors
Devonte’ Graham | Hornets
Miles Bridges | Hornets
PJ Washington | Hornets
Collin Sexton* | Cavaliers
* Replacing Heat’s Tyler Herro
Luka Doncic | Mavericks (Slovenia)
RJ Barrett | Knicks (Canada)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | Thunder (Canada)
Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Pelicans (Canada)
Brandon Clarke | Grizzlies (Canada)
Rui Hachimura | Wizards (Japan)
Moritz Wagner | Wizards (Germany)
Svi Mykhailiuk | Pistons (Ukraine)
Josh Okogie | Timberwolves (Nigeria)
Nicolo Melli* | Pelicans (Italy)
* Replacing Suns’ Deandre Ayton
All-Star Celebrity Game
Team Stephen A.
Chance The Rapper (captain) | Rapper
Anthony “Spice” Adams | TV host, former NFL tackle
Taylor Bennett | Rapper
LaRoyce Hawkins | Actor
Lil Rel Howery | Actor, comedian
Marc Lasry | Bucks co-owner
Darius Miles | Former NBA forward
Katelyn Ohashi | former UCLA gymnast
Quavo | Rapper, one third of Migos
Ronnie 2K | Digital marketing director, 2K
A’ja Wilson | Forward, Las Vegas Aces
Common (captain) | Rapper, actor
Jose Andres | Celebrity chef
Jon Batiste | Musician
Kane Brown | Country artist
Bad Bunny | Reggaeton artist
Hannibal Buress | Actor, comedian
Famous Los | Rapper
Chelsea Gray | Guard, Los Angeles Sparks
Jidenna | Rapper
Alex Moffat | “Saturday Night Live” cast member
Quentin Richardson | Former NBA guard
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