Basketball TV’s (BTV) NBA All-Star Viewing Party at the Buffalo Wings in Glorietta 2 drew deafening cheers from the jam-packed media crowd after Team LeBron rallied from a 20-point deficit to crush Team Giannis, 178-164, in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game Monday (Sunday in the US).
Team Giannis led as many as 20 points in the third quarter following a spectacular performance from team captain Giannis Antetokounmpo and Warriors’ sharpshooter Stephen Curry.
Team Lebron responded with a three-point barrage midway in the third from Blazers’ Damian Lillard, Wizards’ Bradley Beal, reigning NBA MVP James Harden, and Warriors’ marksman Klay Thompson to tie the game, 127-127, with 2:33 minutes left in the third quarter.
Team Giannis found a six-point lead early in the fourth, 145-139, after a four-point play from Curry.
With seven minutes remaining, it was a tied game at 155-155 as Team Giannis’ D’Angelo Russel, Blake Griffin, and Curry traded threes with Thompson, former NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, and two-time NBA All-Star Karl Anthony-Towns.
Team Giannis, however, failed to respond to Kevin Durant’s late hot shooting streak as he sank all three of his three-point attempts to give Team Lebron enough breathing room at 175-162 with one minute left.
Durant finished with a team-high 31 points of 6-of-9 from threes, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists.
For the second time in his career, Durant was awarded the KIA NBA All-Star Game MVP award. He was the the MVP in 2012.
“It’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game, and to win an MVP here in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet. I just keep trying to rack them (awards) up, I guess,” Durant said.
BTV said that there will be another viewing party exclusive for the media when the NBA Finals arrives in May 2019.
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