CLEVELAND — Golden State’s Steph Curry might not be Akron, Ohio’s favorite native NBA player. That title belongs to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
But in Sunday’s All-Star Game, Curry’s star shone brightest with a phenomenal display of 3-point shooting.
Curry scored a game-high 50 points and set an NBA All-Star Game record with 16 made 3s. He also set a record for made 3s in a quarter with seven in the third in typical Steph fashion — deep 3s and turning around to go play defense before the ball went through the hoop.
Curry was named MVP of the All-Star Game for the first time in his career leading Team LeBron to a 163-160 victory over Team Durant. Curry received the newly redesigned Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP Award trophy that is an homage to Bryant’s jersey numbers, MVPs, All-Star MVPs, championships, and Finals MVPs.
Using the Elam Ending to finish the game by reaching a targeted score of 163 points, Team LeBron outscored Team Durant 25-21 the fourth quarter and James finished the game with a fadeaway jumper for the victory.
James, who had 24 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals, knows how to pick All-Star teams — he’s now 5-0 since the NBA began using the leading vote-getters from each conference to serve as captains and pick their teams.
Curry started the day eight 3s behind James Harden (39 total) for most 3s made in NBA history. By the midway point of the third quarter, he had surpassed Harden and LeBron James who made a 3 earlier in the game to tie Harden.
During pregame introductions, the pro-Cleveland crowd booed Curry, who prevented Cleveland from winning more titles when James’ Cavs played Curry’s Warriors in the Finals from 2015-2018.
With each made 3, they began cheering for especially when Curry’s success meant success for James.
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