NBA All-Star 2020 Chicago - Recap

Noora Popal
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@NooraPopal

Monday, February 17, 2020


CHICAGO-

NBA Rising Stars Game

The Rising Stars game kicked off All-Star weekend and Team USA won it in the end, but that doesn’t mean that both teams didn’t go all out showing all of NBA what they’ve got. Slam dunks and half-court 3’s made this game so interesting to watch. 

Before the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night event, Commissioner Adam Silver came out to media members and revealed that starting this year, the MVP Award for the NBA All-Star Game will now be called the “Kobe Bryant MVP Award”. This was just one of the many ways that Kobe was remembered this weekend. 

Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge against Patrick Beverley, Spencer Dinwiddie, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Khris Middleton, Domantas Sabonis, Pascal Siakam, and Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum, Dinwiddie, and Beverley have all won this contest in previous years but were not able to do it this year. 

Adebayo shot a three on this third attempt to eliminate Domantas Sabonis in the final round to win the trophy. 

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield took home the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest trophy, beating Davis Bertans, Devin Booker, Devonte' Graham, Joe Harris, Zach LaVine, Duncan Robinson, and Trae Young.

The Dunk contest this year was an exhilarating one, to say the least. Dwight Howard returned to the contest and recreated his superman dunk that honored Kobe Bryant. 

Though Aaron Gordon dunked over the 7’5 Taco Ball, Derrick Jones Jr. won it in the end. 

With all the controversy over who should’ve won the contest aside, the dunks this year were phenomenal and have set a very high bar for next year. 

All-Star Game

With countless tributes to the late Kobe Bryant, the most anticipated event of the All-Star weekend took place Sunday night, the 69th NBA All-Star Game.

This year’s All-Star game had a lot of changes to it, one of them being the way the 4 quarters were played, each one being played as a full game. Team LeBron won the first quarter,53-41, and Team Giannis won the second, 51-30. The third quarter resulted in a tie, which carried things over into an “un-timed” 4th quarter in which they had to reach 157 points (another tribute to Kobe). Team LeBron ultimately won the game with a free-throw from Anthony Davis, 157-155. 

Another way the 18-time All-Star was honored along with his daughter was that team Giannis all wore the number 24 on the back of their jerseys and team Lebron all wore the number 2 on the back of theirs. 

Sunday’s game has been said to arguably be the best All-Star game in recent history. Unlike other years, this game was more competitive and resembled a regular NBA game (with many dunks of course). 

There was also a Northern invasion in Team Giannis, with the entire coaching staff of the Toronto Raptors along with the first time All-Star starter Pascal Siakam and a 6-time All-Star Kyle Lowry. 

Kawhi Leonard won the Kobe Bryan MVP Award at the end of the night after scoring 30 points 7 rebounds. And with that, yet another NBA All-Star Weekend came to an end. The regular season will resume in a few days on February 20th.