NBA All-Star Game 2022: Grading every player on Team LeBron and Team Durant
LeBron James has never lost as team captain in the NBA All-Star Game. In the final moments in Cleveland, he made sure of it, rattling in a turnaround jumper at the right elbow to give Team LeBron the target score of 163 in a close victory over Team Durant.
But James had a fellow Akron-born superstar to thank for his fifth consecutive win in the league’s annual midseason showcase.
Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 50 points — 48 of those coming off the 3-pointer — in a performance that earned him the Kobe Bryant NBA All-Star MVP award. Curry’s 16 made 3s obliterated the previous All-Star Game record of nine set by Paul George in 2016, and the Golden State Warriors guard finished two points shy of Anthony Davis‘ All-Star record of 52.
In a game that saw 323 total points and 121 shots launched from beyond the arc, which stars shined brightest in Cleveland? We’re grading every participant for Team LeBron and Team Durant.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
50 PTS, 16-27 3FG, 5 REB, 2 BLK
We’ve never seen a shooting exhibition quite like Curry’s to win MVP not far from his shared birthplace with LeBron James (Akron, Ohio, while father Dell Curry was playing for the Cavaliers). Curry’s 8 3s before halftime smashed the previous single-half high in All-Star play, and he claimed the overall record (which was nine by Paul George) early in the third.
By that point, it was clear Curry was on an all-time heater. He made a variety of difficult 3s, including a one-legged running effort, before missing a heat check from half court. Curry finished with 16 3s in 27 attempts, a record for any NBA game. Remarkably, no team had made 16 3s in an All-Star Game until 2014. All of Curry’s points came beyond the arc until his final score, an absurdly high floater in the fourth quarter that gave him an even 50.
Running out of gas by that point, Curry missed his last six shot attempts, denying him a chance of breaking Anthony Davis’ All-Star record of 52 points. Still, there was never any question who would be MVP.