Cleveland, Ohio hosted the 75th NBA All-Star game on February 20, 2022. It was a night of historic moments inside Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
Prior to tip-off
Machine Gun Kelly, back in his hometown of Cleveland, took the stage to give the introductions. He went off script saying “I was told to give a shout out to the celebrities in the house and instead want to thank all of the hard workers here that made this event happen.” That statement was fitting as Cleveland is known as a blue collar proud city.
This All-Star game featured team Durant versus team LeBron. Durant is injured and didn’t attend the game. King James received a warm welcome from the Cleveland crowd. Hometown favorites, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen were given a thunderous ovation. Steph Curry was flooded with boos from the fans. Curry laughed and sarcastically mouthed “thank you.”
Team Durant: (playing for Greater Cleveland Food Bank)
- Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets [CAPTAIN] (Injured, will not play)
- Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
- Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
- Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
- Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors
- Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
- LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets (Replaces injured Kevin Durant)
- Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
- Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
- Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
- Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
- Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs (Replaces injured Draymond Green)
- Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (Injured, will not play)
Team LeBron: (playing for Kent State I Promise Scholars)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
- DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
- LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers [CAPTAIN]
- Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
- Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers (Replaces injured James Harden)
- Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
- Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
- Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers
- James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers (Injured, will not play)
- Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
- Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
- Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
The halftime show honored NBA royalty over the past 75 years with a touching tribute to the greatest players, by position. It was great to see players from decades to current day players.
Steph Curry Show
Curry was on fire, sinking 16 three-pointers. He was having fun interacting with the crowd. Curry had 50 points in the game. He , deservedly, won MVP. This year’s trophy was named the Kobe Bryant trophy to honor the late superstar.
King James did his iconic powder clap to start the game. James then took the last shot to win the game for his team. A perfect finish for the Cleveland fans.
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