Curry units 3-point file, LeBron the winner in NBA All-Star Sport

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CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry acquired one other 3-point file. LeBron James acquired one other All-Star win.

Not a nasty evening in Ohio for the 2 All-Stars from Akron.

Curry turned boos to oohs and aahs with the best long-distance capturing efficiency in All-Star Sport historical past, then James made a turnaround jumper that gave Group LeBron a 163-160 victory over Group Durant on Sunday evening.

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Curry made 16 3-pointers and scored 50 factors, two off Anthony Davis’ file. He was clearly looking it, asking on the sideline throughout a scorching third quarter what the file was.

“It’s fairly particular, clearly being again in Ohio,” Curry mentioned, seconds after being handed the inaugural Kobe Bryant MVP Trophy. “The trophy may be very particular. Very humble, very blessed.”

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, proper, shoots for 3 as Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant defends in the course of the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball recreation, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Picture/Charles Krupa)

He missed his ultimate 3-point try that may have allowed him to surpass Davis. However with James’ workforce needing a basket to achieve the goal rating of 163 factors, they could not afford to maintain feeding Curry.

So James pulled up from deep on the fitting facet for the profitable bucket, making him 5-0 within the format the place the main vote-getters in every convention draft groups.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 factors, and James completed with 24 in his outdated residence. Joel Embiid led Group Durant with 36 factors.

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The All-Star Sport’s return to Cleveland was anticipated to be James’ evening. He’s the Cavaliers franchise’s best participant, having led them to their solely NBA championship in 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James (6) is defended by Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, proper, in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. 
(AP Picture/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

As a substitute, he was upstaged by Curry, who was born in the identical Akron hospital.

Curry completed 16 of 27 past the arc — generally effectively, effectively behind it. He launched a couple of from the All-Star 2022 emblem close to midcourt, working backward with out even ready to look at one go in.

He smiled when he was booed throughout pregame introductions, Cleveland followers not forgiving him for serving to Golden State beat the Cavaliers thrice within the NBA Finals from 2015-18.

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However the followers had been having fun with his present an excessive amount of to maintain going as the sport went on, although the boos returned when he was offered the MVP award.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts in entrance of followers after capturing a 3-point basket towards the Phoenix Suns in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in San Francisco, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
(AP Picture/Jeff Chiu)

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