Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a uncover though it wasn’t adequate to stop Ben Simmons and Team LeBron in a 2019 NBA All-Star strife – as one of a league’s many intriguing feuds exploded in a routinely warm muster game.
Ben Simmons has created Australian basketball story by creation his All-Star entrance as he and Team LeBron triumphed 178-164 in a typically defence-shy competition over Team Giannis.
The 22-year-old Simmons became a initial Australian to take partial in a NBA’s All-Star game, finishing with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in a opening that shows he belongs on a large stage.
The Melbourne-born 22-year-old was instrumental in dual vital runs, including a third-quarter 33-14 emanate while captain LeBron James was on a bench, to set adult a win.
Kevin Durant landed his second All-Star MVP award, scoring a team-high 31 points for Team LeBron, while Giannis Antetokounmpo did his best to lift his side to excellence with a game-high 38 points and 11 boards.
Antetokounmpo was also concerned in a many fantastic play of a game, leaping high above a edge to accept a high rebound pass from teammate Steph Curry before rocking a locus with a howling dunk.
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Ultimately, a abyss on Team LeBron shone by with lethal shooters Klay Thompson (20), Kawhi Leonard (19), LeBron James himself (19) and Damian Lillard (18) all chipping in down a stretch.
Simmons finished a diversion with a plus-minus differential of and 19 – second best on a justice behind teammate Lillard – though he pronounced he schooled a many during his time on a bench.
“Just being around so many good players, it creates me wish to get improved – we wish to make certain you’re in certain positions like these guys,” Simmons pronounced when asked what he’ll take divided from this weekend.
“This is my initial diversion so I’m only perplexing to come in here and learn as most as we can.”
Meanwhile, Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers teammate Joel Embiid lighted one of a league’s some-more intriguing feuds during a sharp initial entertain to a routinely warm game.
Embiid set a tinge for what would be a fascinating NBA Finals match-up when he got underneath a skin of Golden State Warriors’ star Durant in a initial quarter, call a combustile star to bellow “get a f*** out of here” to a soaring centre after a span bumped chests.
âGet a f*** out of hereâ- Kevin Durant removing a Knicks-Sixers adversary going early with Joel Embiid pic.twitter.com/qJ9SRF9ciq
— 12up (@12upSport) February 18, 2019
2019 NBA All-Star teams
Starters: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden
Bench: Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beale, Dwyane Wade
Starters: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker
Bench: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Nikola Vucevic, D’Angelo Russell, Kyle Lowry, Dirk Nowitzki
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