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!
In the end, Anthony Davis knocked down a tension-filled free throw to secure the win, and Kawhi Leonard took home the first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP Award.
Relive every big moment from an action-packed weekend in Chicago, which culminated in Team LeBron’s 157-155 win over Team Giannis.
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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” in which each win secured money for charity — the first 36 minutes of the All-Star Game went as expected. Alley-oops came more easily than layups, 3-pointers were falling from everywhere, and defense was very much optional.
Then the fourth quarter happened, and an all-time classic broke out.
The Elam Ending and first-to-157 finish turned the usual 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.
Before the All-Star Game turned into Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the best in the league were up to their usual tricks.
As part of the opening ceremonies at the United Center, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson led a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and former commissioner David Stern, two legends of the sport lost this season.
All-Star Game shows the power of basketball
From crucial blocked shots to rare alley-oops, this year’s NBA All-Star Game was an homage to great basketball.
Grading every player in the All-Star Game
See how captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo and the 22 other stars who hit the court fared in Chicago.
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.
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.
And though he was forced to withdraw from All-Star competition with an injury, Damian Lillard made an appearance on stage.
First player to ever perform on the #NBAAllStar stage & the BEST rapper in the @NBA….Dame D.O.L.L.A.! pic.twitter.com/4ZfTWVcK4a
– Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 16, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Moments of Rising Stars: U.S. 151, World 131
Best Moments of All-Star Celebrity Game: Team Wilbon 62, Team Stephen A. 47
2020 All-Star draft results
Team LeBron James*
1. Anthony Davis*, Lakers
2. Kawhi Leonard*, Clippers
3. Luka Doncic*, Mavericks
4. James Harden*, Rockets
5. Damian Lillard^, Trail Blazers
6. Ben Simmons, 76ers
7. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
8. Jayson Tatum, Celtics
9. Chris Paul, Thunder
10. Russell Westbrook, Rockets
11. Domantas Sabonis, Pacers
^Replaced by Suns’ Devin Booker
Team Giannis Antetokounmpo*
1. Joel Embiid*, 76ers
2. Pascal Siakam*, Raptors
3. Kemba Walker*, Celtics
4. Trae Young*, Hawks
5. Khris Middleton, Bucks
6. Bam Adebayo, Heat
7. Rudy Gobert, Jazz
8. Jimmy Butler, Heat
9. Kyle Lowry, Raptors
10. Brandon Ingram, Pelicans
11. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
*Voted in as starters
All-Star Saturday Night rosters
Trae Young | Hawks
Zach LaVine | Bulls
Buddy Hield | Kings
Duncan Robinson | Heat
Joe Harris | Nets
Davis Bertans | Wizards
Devonte’ Graham | Hornets
Devin Booker* | Suns
*Replacing Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard
Slam dunk contest
Dwight Howard | Lakers
Aaron Gordon | Magic
Derrick Jones Jr. | Heat
Pat Connaughton | Bucks
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
NBA Rising Stars Rosters
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
All-Star triple threats
Could anyone in the NBA sweep All-Star Saturday? We pick five superstars and one legend who are ready for action.
All-Star mock draft: The most fun teams possible
The All-Star draft is finished, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. Kirk Goldsberry built an All-Star mock draft that ensures the best possible game between Team Giannis and Team LeBron, one that is somewhat based in reality and somewhat based on our basketball desires.
Shot chart trivia: Guess that All-Star!
We have the official selections for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. But how well do you know these dudes? Let’s see how you fare in our third edition of shot chart trivia.
2020 All-Star news and analysis
Breaker of rims: Zion damages hoop with dunk
MVP Bridges leads U.S. to Rising Stars victory
Kobe Bryant, David Stern honored at All-Star Celebrity Game
Zion, Young starstruck by Obama at NBA event
Experts’ picks for dunks, Rising Stars and every All-Star event
Booker replaces Lillard in ASG 3-point contest
NBA adds deep shots to All-Star 3-point contest
NBA All-Stars to wear Kobe’s No. 24 and Gianna’s No. 2
Snubbed Karl-Anthony Towns: Best won’t be at All-Star Game
NBA changes All-Star Game format, adds Kobe tribute
NBA shot chart trivia: Can you guess that All-Star?