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NBA All-Star Game Recap: No KLOE, flashes of Kawhi brilliance

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Team LeBron used a big second half to take down Team Giannis 178-164

NBA All-Star Game Recap: Kawhi Leonard helps Team LeBron defeat Team Giannis and Kyle Lowry Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend is complete, the festivities capped off by the main event, the All-Star Game, a content won by Team LeBron, who defeated Team Giannis 178-164.

Sunday night marked the second straight season in which the two leading All-Star vote-getters — in this case, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo — divvied up the players and selected teams. In typical All-Star Game fashion, there were plenty of dunks and three-point bombs on display, but even less defense was played than last year.

Team Giannis jumped out to a big lead early behind the stellar play of Bucks teammates Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. But Team LeBron stormed back in the second half, led by Kevin Durant, who had 18 in the half, 31 for the game and walked away with the MVP trophy.

As you know, the Toronto Raptors had two participants in the game. Kawhi Leonard made his third All-Star appearance, playing for Team LeBron; Kyle Lowry found himself on Team Giannis in his fifth straight All-Star Game.

Kyle had a quiet night, picking up only three points, three boards and three assists, but he did manage to make his mark felt in the first half:

Leonard, on the other hand, had a few brilliant flashes on offense, including a stretch in the fourth where he drained three three-pointers to help Team LeBron put the game away. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-11 from downtown, and five rebounds.

As for the highlight of the night, frankly, it’s a toss-up between this Stephen Curry bounce-oop to Giannis...

... and Kawhi dancing:

What’s your pick for best moment of the night? Let us know in the comments!