BY DAN WOIKE
LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS
CHICAGO – Anthony Davis made the second of two free-throw attempts to clinch a 157-155 victory for Team LeBron over Team Giannis in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday night in Chicago.
In a topsy-turvy final quarter that had players taking charges, a goal-tending call reversed and LeBron James hoisting a 35-footer that could have won the game, it was Davis drawing a holding call against Kyle Lowry that sent the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star to the line with two chances to win the game.
After missing his first attempt, Davis sank the second.
“That was pretty damn fun,” Davis said in a television interview shortly after earning the win.
“I told my team I was going to miss the first one to put a little more pressure on myself here at home,” he then said jokingly.
In a big moment after the game, Commissioner Adam Silver handed the newly named Kobe Bryant MVP Award to Kawhi Leonard, who led all scorers with 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, including eight of 14 from three-point range.
James finished with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds while Davis contributed 20 points and nine rebounds. Chris Paul had 23 points and six assists in the win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led his squad with 25 points. Also scoring more than 20 points for Team Giannis were Kemba Walker (22), Joel Embiid (22) and Rudy Gobert (21). Antetokounmpo and Gobert led all rebounders with 11.
A NEW FORMAT
The game was played under a new format, with each of the first three quarters a mini game.
Each quarter started at 0-0 until the fourth, when each team’s scores by quarter were totaled: Team Giannis led 133-124. Then 24 points, in honor of Bryant, were added to the leading score to set a winning target of 157 points.
In the new format the winner of each quarter earned $100,000 for a Chicago charity. Team LeBron won the first quarter 53-41, tying the All-Star record for most points in a quarter.
Team Antetokoumpo almost equaled that by winning the second quarter 51-30. The teams played to a 41-41 tie in the third quarter, rolling over the $100,000 to make the fourth quarter, and the win, worth $200,000.
Team LeBron played for Chicago Scholars and Team Giannis for After School Matters.
Before the game there were tributes to Bryant, including Magic Johnson saying, “We’ll never see another basketball player quite like Kobe.” Johnson then asked for eight seconds of silence.