CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant scored 31 points, going 6-9 from downtown to go along with 7 rebounds to capture his second All-Star game MVP honors to lead Team LeBron to a 178-174 victory over Team Giannis tonight in Charlotte.
Durant passed Oscar Robertson (246) for 5th all-time in scoring in All-Star Game history. This is the fifth time Kevin Durant scored 30+ points in an All-Star Game.
Team LeBron improved to 2-0, since the NBA All-Star Game changed to a draft format last year. Durant paid off as James’ No. 1 overall pick in the draft for the second year in a row.
“It’s all sweet to me,” Durant said when asked to compare the award to his other career accomplishments. “I mean, it’s hard to rank. Everything’s special. But it’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game, and to win an MVP here in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet. I just keep trying to rack them up, I guess.”
Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard each scored 19 points in the win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for his squad with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points. Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook finished with 17 points each.
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Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post (Sports) NBA