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2016 NBA All-Star Friday Recap

All-Star Weekend kicked off on Friday night with the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge. Here’s a recap.

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All-Star Weekend 2016 kicked off on Friday night with the Celebrity Game and the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. In case you missed the action, here is a recap of the night’s events:

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

In the second year of a new Team USA vs. Team World format, the Rising Stars Challenge saw Team USA jump out to an 88-79 lead at halftime. In the first half, Jordan Clarkson led the way for Team USA with 19 points while Emmanuel Mudiay had 21 points to lead the World team.

The first half featured multiple highlight-reel dunks from Canadian-native Andrew Wiggins. Mario Hezonja paced the scoring off of the bench for the World team by scoring 19 points in 14 minutes.

Kristaps Porzingis dazzled the Toronto crowd by throwing down a couple of strong dunks, while also knocking down a couple of three-pointers. Porzingis also tried to show off his inner Stephen Curry by trying a three-pointer from well behind the line, but missed wide left.

The World team made a comeback in the second half, but came up just short as Team USA won by a final score of 157-154. Zach LaVine was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, as he finished with 30 points for Team USA.

Porzingis and Mudiay each scored 30 points in the game to lead the World team, while Wiggins added 29 points.

All-Star weekend now shifts its attention to Saturday night, where the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest will take place. LaVine will be competing in the Slam Dunk Contest tomorrow.

All-Star Celebrity Game

Team Canada, coached by Drake, proved to be victorious on Friday night as they defeated Team USA, 74-63.

Tracy McGrady led Team Canada with 18 points, while Win Butler took MVP honors in the game after scoring 15 points.

Actor Jason Sudeikis had 14 points in the game for Team USA after showing off his shooting range and ability to finish at the rim.

Team USA received an unexpected contribution after head coach Kevin Hart inserted himself into the game in the second half.

Hart had previously won four Celebrity Game MVP awards, but his addition didn’t prove to be enough as Canada pulled out the win in the end.

Cody Taylor is an NBA writer in his fourth season with Basketball Insiders, covering the NBA and NCAA out of Orlando and Miami.

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Adam Silver Believes Next Year’s ASG Draft Will be Televised

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was pleased with the new format for the league’s All-Star Game and believed that next year’s player draft would be televised.

“I thought it was incredible. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the players,” Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne following a 148-145 win for Team LeBron over Team Stephen at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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2018 NBA All-Star Sunday Recap

Michael Petrower recaps the All-Star Game from Sunday in Los Angeles.

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The 2018 NBA All Star Game had some added appeal this year, with Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry selecting playground style from the pool of All-Stars. Although it was not televised, it drew a lot of interest to say the least.

Team Lebron was headlined by Kevin Durant (the alleged first pick), Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Kyrie Irving. Sadly, Team Lebron suffered big losses with John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Kristaps Porzingis going down with injuries. Team Stephen was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Joel Embiid and Demar DeRozan.

NBA fans were ready to indulge on the highlight real of plays to commence…That was, until the NBA inflicted a marathon-like performance that seemed a bit unnecessary, to say the least. Kevin Hart was at the center of theatrics that had NBA fans scratching their heads questioning what was on their television screen. Fergie topped off the saga with what was one of the more questionable national anthems we’ve seen in recent years. However, if you stuck around long enough, the game started at 8:40 PM EST and the flashy plays that we hoped for, began.

Joel Embiid made his first A;l-Star game appearance and kicked off the scoring festivities for Team Stephen with a ferocious and-one dunk. Team Stephen led all of the first quarter and won the quarter 42-31. Karl Anthony Towns led the first quarter scoring with 11 points. Team LeBron, however would storm back and cut the lead to two, 78-76 at half. LeBron came into his 14th straight All-Star game and lead his team at the half with 15 points. Klay Thompson also lead Team Stephen with 15 points at half.

The second half ensued and after some back and forth between the two teams, Team Stephen was leading by three going into the fourth quarter, 112-109. Team Stephen grew their lead to 11 while LeBron and KD got some rest. But after the two came back in, the 11-point deficit was erased after a LeBron three and the teams were now tied at 144 with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter.

DeRozan would make a free throw to put Team Stephen up one point, but Lebron followed with a strong two-pointer to put his team up one. DeRozan tried to answer, but threw away a pass which resulted in an easy two points for Russell Westbrook to ice the game. Team LeBron was the 2018 All Star Game winner with a score of 148-145.

LeBron James went on to win his third All Star MVP after finishing with 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds, eigh assists and a steal on 12-17 shooting. DeRozan and Damian Lillard lead Team Stephen with 21 points each.

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VIDEO: James Harden – 2018 NBA All-Star

Houston Rockets star James Harden talks about speaking out as an athlete, his Rockets team and more.

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Houston Rockets star James Harden talks about speaking out as an athlete, his Rockets team and more.

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