LeBron James secured his third All-Star Game MVP with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists with incredible highlights down the stretch during the All-Star Game held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Monday morning PH time).
Leading his hand-picked members defeating Team Stephen 148-145, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James with teammate Kevin Durant locked up Stephen Curry with a possible game-tying three point shot with a winding time sealing their victory.
With 5:18 remaining on the clock, LeBron’s team was down by eleven points, but later on hurdled back with a charge by power players James, Irving, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook helping ease the deficit before LeBron made a hit the go-ahead layup off a feed from Kyrie Irving with 34.5 seconds left on the clock to put his squad up for good, 146-145.
“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.”
LeBron James won his first All-Star MVP back in 2006 garnering 29 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a 122-120 win by the Eastern Conference in Houston. Back in 2008, he came up strong with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a 134-128 win by the Eastern Conference in New Orleans securing his second All-Star MVP award.
At 33 years old and in his 15th NBA season, LeBron is still widely considered to be the best basketball player on the planet.
James’ third All-Star MVP ties him with Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal for second-most all time. Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit won the award four times.