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Team LeBron won the first quarter against Team Durant in the 2022 NBA All Star Game


LeBron James wants to win a new All Star Game (USA TODAY Sports)

It is celebrated on NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio Come in Team LeBron and Team Durant, although the captain of the second team is not present for a sad family reason. The first quarter was a triumph for the team led by the star of The Angels Lakers by 47-45.

The first stage was a pure show of dunks, triples and there yoops. The most prominent were Joel Embid (top scorer with 11 points), his own LeBron and Devin Bucker. Although the reality is that no player dedicated himself to defending and each one was free to make the most spectacular score he rehearsed. So much so that there were no faults.

*Impressive dunk by Joel Embiid

Lebron Jamesthe figure of Los Angeles Lakersshare a team in the All-Star Games (All-Star Game) held in cleveland with three other MVP winners: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Steph Curry (warriors) and Nikola Jockic (Nuggets). the veteran DeMar DeRozan (Bulls) completes the starting five of the Team LeBronwhich faces the other team captained by Kevin Durant (Nets), who cannot take the court due to injury.

As the most voted players in each conference, LeBron and Durant shared their teammates again team at an event that took place just over a week ago and was televised live. One detail was that when the reserve players were divided, none of the captains named James HardenMVP of the 2018 season and three-time leading scorer in the NBA, who fell to the bottom of the list.

Team LeBron won the first quarter against Team Durant in the 2022 NBA All Star Game

At 37 years old, King James participates in his 18th All-Star Game, equaling Kobe Bryant in second place in the ranking of selections. Just one nomination away from reaching Kareem Abdul Jabbar in the lead, this event will have a special flavor for the forward as it will be held in Cleveland, a city near his native Akron to which he gave his first and only championship in history in 2016.

“I’m excited for our team, looking forward to finishing the season with this new group and these new players,” said Durant, who has been injured in his left knee since January. The starting quintet of Team Durant It is made up Joel Embid (Sixers), Ja Morant (Grizzlies), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Andrew Wiggins (warriors) and Bring Young (Hawk).

The substitutes of Durant’s team They are: Devin Booker (Suns), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves), Zach LaVine (Bulls), Dejounte Murray (Spurs), Khris Middleton (Bucks), LaMelo Ball (Hornets) and Rudy Gobert (Jazz).

At Team LeBronwhile, the reserves will be: Luka Doncic (Mavericks), Darius Garland (Cavaliers), Chris Paul (Suns), Jimmy Butler (Heat), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), Fred VanVleet (Raptors) and James Harden (Sixers).

Team LeBron won the first quarter against Team Durant in the 2022 NBA All Star Game

Injuries have kept big names in the league away from this event, such as Kawhi Leonard and Paul GeorgeClippers leaders, Damian Lillard (Blazers), Zion Williamson (Pelicans) and Anthony Davis (Lakers). A special case is that of Kyrie Irvingwho did not merit to play his eighth All-Star Game due to his refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, which disqualifies him from playing the Brooklyn Nets’ home games.

The show maintains the format that was implemented in 2020 to add more competitiveness, a charity component and, incidentally, pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. Each of the first three quarters starts with a score of 0-0 and the team with the most points in each quarter wins $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

In the fourth quarter, the team with the highest score in the previous three quarters will be awarded 24 points (Bryant’s jersey number). The team that reaches that number first, without a time limit, will be the winner.

TV: ESPN2

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