The 2023 NBA All-Star Game tipped off at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Sunday, putting the best basketball had to offer on full display for a night full of thrilling plays.
And the best of the best was one Jayson Tatum, who poured it on to the tune of an ASG-record 55 points on 10 made 3s.
Here are the top moment’s from All-Star Weekend’s crown jewel.
FINAL: Team Giannis 184, Team LeBron 175
Giannis scores first, then departs
Giannis Antetokounmpo made sure to get into the action right away, dunking the ball on the game’s opening possession. He committed an intentional foul right after to leave the game due to his wrist injury.
The Joker finds the King
Nikola Jokić found LeBron James cutting to the rim, dishing him an alley-oop early.
LeBron to himself!
James tossed an alley-oop to himself off the backboard before throwing down a thunderous slam.
Ja Morant displayed his dunking ability on the fast break, showing what he could do if he ever entered the Slam Dunk Contest.
James and Jayson Tatum traded self-alley-oops in the first quarter to get some early MVP buzz going around themselves.
Dame from deep!
Damian Lillard checked into the game and immediately drained a deep 3-pointer.
Luka Dončić got up for the dunk while mic’d up!
On a string
Kyrie Irving put a little English on this nasty finger-roll late in the second quarter, gliding to the cup for what was perhaps the best lay-in of the game.
LeBron honored at halftime before leaving the game
James injured his hand in the first half, causing him to miss the remainder of the game. But the NBA recognized him as the new all-time scoring champ at halftime.
Tatum from way downtown!
The Celtics star hit shots from all over the place in the third quarter, scoring 17 points in the opening minutes of the second half as he made his case for the game’s MVP.
Tatum taking over
Tatum drained a 3-pointer over Joel Embiid to help pad his stats in the third quarter.
Donovan Mitchell was feeling it playing in the arena he used to call home. He scored 14 points early in the third quarter.
Beyond the logo Lillard
Damian Lillard took his turn to make a deep 3-pointer, draining one from right behind the midcourt stripe.
1-on-1 Celtics battle
Tatum and Jaylen Brown told everyone else to move aside for the final minute of the third quarter, with the two Celtics players going 1-on-1 for a handful of possessions.
Both players hit a 3-pointer over each other, with Brown calling Tatum too small and Tatum sinking a 3-pointer to give him 27 points in the quarter, an All-Star Game record.
Tatum continued his hot tear in the fourth, scorching the nets with shot after shot, notching an All-Star record 55 points.
Leave it to the 3-point champ to ice the game.
After Team Giannis missed a number of deep heaves in an attempt to close the game on a long-ball, Damian Lillard drained a vintage side-step 3 to seal it for Team Giannis and break Team LeBron’s five-game unbeaten streak.
Moments before the game begins, the league held its All-Star Draft, in which captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo picked their respective teams. Both players picked from the reserve pool first before moving to the starter pool.
The reserve pool included Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Damian Lillard, Jaren Jackson Jr., Domantas Sabonis, Paul George, Anthony Edwards, De’Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown, Bam Adebayo, Julius Randle, DeMar DeRozan, Jrue Holiday, Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam.
The starter pool was made up of Ja Morant, Luka Dončić, Nikola Jokić, Lauri Markkanen, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum.
Pick 2: Anthony Edwards
Pick 4: Jaylen Brown
Pick 6: Paul George
Pick 8: Tyrese Haliburton
Pick 10: Julius Randle
Pick 12: De’Aaron Fox
Pick 14: Jaren Jackson Jr.
Pick 15: Joel Embiid (starter)
Pick 17: Kyrie Irving (starter)
Pick 19: Luka Dončić (starter)
Pick 21: Nikola Jokić (starter)
Pick 1: Damian Lillard
Pick 3: Jrue Holiday
Pick 5: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Pick 7: DeMar Derozan
Pick 9: Pascal Siakam
Pick 11: Bam Adebayo
Pick 13: Domantas Sabonis
Pick 16: Jayson Tatum (starter)
Pick 18: Ja Morant (starter)
Pick 20: Donovan Mitchell (starter)
Pick 22: Lauri Markkanen (starter)
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