LeBron James led his team to a thrilling win over Team Giannis in the revamped NBA All Star Game, which featured multiple tributes to Kobe Bryant. The new system so teams play to win each of the first three quarters for $100,000 each to go to their respective chosen charities before a Final Target Score with 24 points added to the highest cumulative total was set in the fourth quarter.
The game clock was turned off in the fourth with teams clearly taking the competitive mindset with the rare sight of defence being played in an All Star Game.
Fouls were being committed with the score agonisingly close but the game somewhat ended on an anti-climax as Anthony Davis was sent to the free-throw line for the winning shot.
The crowd inside the United Center clearly didn’t like the ending, but Team LeBron once again walked away with the win over Team Giannis.
Team LeBron took the first quarter with Team Giannis levelling the charity count in the second.
It was clear the players were feeling more competitive with James and Antetokounmpo at one point going toe-to-toe at the post.
More fouls were being committed as the Final Target Score drew nearer but the pace of the game was slowing as the defence started to pick up.
Team Giannis still held a slight advantage at 146-143 but the game was finally tied when James Harden drained a corner-three.
And Team LeBron took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter as James lobbed it up for Anthony Davis for a two-hand jam to make it 152-150.