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Hometown Kids, Team LeBron Take 2022 All-Star Game


WRAP-UP

In a spectacular weekend-long celebration in Northeast Ohio, it wasn’t a Cavalier who sealed the victory in Sunday night’s All-Star Game in Cleveland. Instead, it was a couple dudes that were born in Akron.

Both sired the Rubber City, Steph Curry erupted for 50 points and LeBron James drilled the game-winning fadeaway, as Team LeBron took the 163-160 decision the NBA’s 71st annual midseason classic at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Curry’s 50-point performance easily earned him MVP honors and James’ game-winning bucket resulted in $450,000 for Kent State’s “I Promise” Scholars – capping an extraordinary weekend on the North Coast.

After three competitive quarters – at least on the scoreboard – both teams fought to reach the target score of 163 in the fourth.

Cavaliers first-time All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen started the fourth quarter for Team LeBron – and each got on the scoreboard in the period – but it was James and Curry who did much of the heavy lifting. After Zach LaVine’s three-pointer got Team Durant to within one, 161-160, LeBron backed down the Bulls guard on the next possession, lifting and connecting on a 17-footer to end the affair.

One night after joining their teammate, Evan Mobley, to win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Garland and Allen both were rock-solid in their initial career All-Star Game appearances.

Garland – who won both events he participated in this weekend – finished with 13 points on Sunday, going 5-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-7 from long-distance, adding three assists and a pair of steals.

”I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life,” said the 3rd-year guard. “At the age of 22, being so young, it was pretty cool to just being here with all the greats – just to even touch a basketball and experience everything. It was pretty cool.”

Allen was even more efficient – netting 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, grabbing nine rebounds to lead all reserves and swatting a pair of shots in the victory.

After the league celebrated its 50th anniversary the last time the All-Star Game rolled into Cleveland back in 1997 – presenting the game’s 50 greatest players of all-time. On Sunday night, the NBA marked 75 years with the top 75 – including several of the night’s participants, including James, Curry, Chris Paul and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The biggest ovations were reserved for Michael Jordan, the late Kobe Bryant and James – who was making his 18th career All-Star appearance in the arena he called home for 11 seasons.

James, with his idol in the gym, paid tribute to the Bulls superstar following Sunday’s win.

"I always wanted to be like him, growing up,” said James. “It’s crazy that the shot tonight was a fadeaway – and it was inspired by MJ. I didn’t want to waste the opportunity, because we’re not in the same building a lot. It meant something to me.”

Joel Embiid led Team Durant with 36 points, going 14-for-20, including 5-of-8 from deep, to go with 10 boards in the loss. Along with Curry’s 50-burger for the winning squad, Giannis added 30 points and a game-high 12 rebounds while James pumped in 24 points on 11-of-24 shooting, including the game-winner.

After an incredible weekend in Cleveland, the regular season restarts for the Wine and Gold – who’ll begin the 24-game homestretch of the season on Thursday night in Motown.

Miss any of the action? Find all the highlights and photos in the Game Tracker.

Garland, Allen Make Plays in Their First All-Star Game

In their first NBA All-Star Game appearance, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen each played 24 big minutes for Team LeBron. DG scored 13 points and connected on three triples while Allen missed one shot, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards.

2022 NBA All-Star Game

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Garland, Allen Make Plays in Their First All-Star Game

In their first NBA All-Star Game appearance, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen each played 24 big minutes for Team LeBron. DG scored 13 points and connected on three triples while Allen missed one shot, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards.
Feb 21, 2022  |  01:37

All-Star Postgame: Darius Garland + Jarrett Allen

Cavs All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen address the media after the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
Feb 21, 2022  |  05:06

DG Cans a Deep Triple

Darius Garland steps over the logo, fires, and hits on a long range triple for Team LeBron in the second quarter of the All-Star Game.
Feb 20, 2022  |  00:10

Garland & Allen Link Up for the Oop

Darius Garland's long, accurate pass finds Jarrett Allen, who catches and dunks to add some Wine & Gold flavor to the All-Star Game.
Feb 20, 2022  |  00:10

Garland and Allen's All-Star Introduction

Cavs guard Darius Garland and center Jarrett Allen are announced to the hometown crowd ahead of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland.
Feb 20, 2022  |  00:31

Jarrett Allen joins Matt Winer, Steve Smith, and Chris Haynes

Cavs All-Star center Jarrett Allen joins Mike Winer, Steve Smith, and Chris Haynes on set.
Feb 19, 2022  |  05:37

All-Star Media Day: Jarrett Allen

Cavs center Jarrett Allen addresses the media at All-Star Media Day.
Feb 19, 2022  |  14:49
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