The new NBA All-Star Game format was a success. The longtime Eastern Conference vs Western Conference was replaced with a new team captain format, with this year’s being Team LeBron vs Team Stephen (which included a draft we unfortunately weren’t able to see).

And the game was a highly entertaining, competitive battle.

Team LeBron ultimately came away victorious, 148-145, and fittingly it was LeBron James that came away as the game’s MVP. James nearly had a triple-double, with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.

But what really stood out was the actual *defense* being played late in the fourth quarter, and particularly in the final minute.

Joel Embiid had this awesome block on a Paul George drive with under 50 seconds left:

And the final play really showed off terrific defense, with LeBron’s squad preventing Steph Curry and DeMar DeRozan from getting off a shot:

Unlike the pregame festivities, the All-Star Game was very well-received on Twitter.


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