NBA All-Star 2018 ended on Sunday (Feb. 18), with the 67th All-Star Game, where “Team LeBron” took on “Team Stephen” in a new format at the Staples Center in the Los Angeles.
The game went down to the wire and it was LeBron James’ handpicked team that took home the victory, via a 148-145 win. LeBron was also named the evening’s MVP, his third All-Star Game MVP overall, after pouring in 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
The new format of the ASG appeared to be a success and made for an exciting game.
“For me to be the captain of the team, Steph [Curry] being the captain of his team, and us doing that, that draft was something that hadn’t been done before,” James said. “The great thing about our commissioner [Adam Silver], he’s absolutely OK with trying something new, to change the format, and it definitely worked out for everybody. It worked out not only for the players, not only for the league, but for our fans, for everybody. It was a great weekend, and we capped it off the right way.”
At 33 years old, James was the oldest player in the game.
He last won the All-Star MVP 10 years ago, when he led the Eastern Conference to the win in New Orleans. He also won the All-Star MVP in 2006 in Houston, leading the East to a 122-120 win.
With three All-Star MVP wins, James ties Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal for second all time. Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit each won the award four times.