The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was Sunday in Atlanta. Due to COVID-19, the game plus the skills challenge and 3-point and dunk contests were all in one night.
It was Team LeBron vs. Team Durant with LeBron James and Kevin Durant serving as captains. They drafted their teams earlier this week. The Utah Jazz, the team with the NBA's best record, had Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert picked last.
Sunday's festivities started with some drama as Philadelphia 76ers' All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were ruled out of the game after coming in contact with a barber who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
Once the action started, Team LeBron ran away with the game, winning 170-150. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was perfect. He was 16-for-16 shooting with 35 points. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Antetokounmpo recorded the highest field goal percentage (100%) for any player with at least 10 shot attempts in an All-Star Game. For his play, he was named the game's MVP.
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Here's the best action from all the All-Star festivities:
🗣 FEED ZACH pic.twitter.com/G5wYYw6RVr— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 8, 2021
All the dunks
AIR OBI CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF pic.twitter.com/X3dOWAd1bw— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 8, 2021
THIS WAS INSANE— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 8, 2021
FINALS UP NEXT LETS GET IT OBI pic.twitter.com/X3FlR6MnJV
ANFERNEE. RISE UP. SHEESH. pic.twitter.com/jfxe23PelW— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 8, 2021
that Duke connection 👀 pic.twitter.com/tlnV4slxTR— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 8, 2021
LeBron James. RISE UP. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Yu2MFar84F— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 8, 2021
Zach's first career All-Star bucket! pic.twitter.com/7dR8jUdDyZ— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 8, 2021
All-Star Slams 😤— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 8, 2021
Love to see it. pic.twitter.com/BykEzGLw1K
Tatum, Curry go off in 3-point contest
In the first round of the 3-point contest, Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum went off. He racked up 25 points in the round. Then Steph Curry outdid him. He went for 31. Curry met Mike Conley in the final round, and Curry came out on top.
This 🎯 practice Steph🤣🤣 @StephenCurry30— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 8, 2021
Steph jumper so pretty..🤦🏽♂️— Kyler Murray (@K1) March 8, 2021
BOOM!!!!— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) March 8, 2021
This man @StephenCurry30 is a cheat code bruh!!— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) March 8, 2021
Curry is now a two-time winner of the 3-point contest. Curry joins Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Steve Nash as the only players with multiple MVPs and multiple wins in a single All-Star Game contest.
Sabonis wins the skills challenge
I didn't warm up 😂😂😂😂 the pressure got me :(— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) March 8, 2021
Robert Covington's big surprise
The NBA is celebrating historically Black colleges and universities at the All-Star Game. Portland Trail Blazers all-star Robert Covington, a Tennessee State grad, also gave back. Covington awarded two Tennessee State students each with $25,000 scholarships.