FROM WIRE REPORTS
Anthony Hamilton wowed basketball fans on Sunday, Feb. 17 for his rendition of the national anthem (“Star Spangled Banner”) at the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Charlotte native’s smooth and soulful version is being compared to Marvin Gaye’s rendition. The late singer performed the national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game back in 1983.
As far as the All-Star game itself, Team LeBron did it again and is now undefeated in All-Star competition. They picked up their second straight win with a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis at the 68th NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center on Sunday.
Traded leads in fourth
Team Giannis took early control with a 53-37 first quarter, featuring a combined 28 points on 12-for-13 shooting from Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Team Giannis led by as many as 20 points, but Team LeBron made it a game with an 18-4 run, fueled by Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal, in the third quarter.
The teams traded leads early in the fourth and it was a three-point game with 4 1/2 minutes to go, but Team LeBron put it away with a 10-2 run featuring five straight points – a step-back 3-pointer over Joel Embiid and an alley-oop dunk from former teammate Kyrie Irving – from LeBron James.
Kia All-Star MVP Kevin Durant led Team LeBron with 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting, scoring 11 (on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting) in the fourth quarter. Nine other members of Team LeBron scored in double figures.
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