Daily Camera (Boulder)
Tatum scores 55, Team Giannis wins
Jayson Tatum put on a record-setting show, and made Giannis Antetokounmpo look like a genius.
Tatum scored an All-star Game-record 55 points, and Team Giannis ended Lebron James’ hold on All-star captain supremacy by beating Team Lebron 184-176 in the NBA’S annual showcase exhibition on Sunday night.
Tatum had 27 points in the third quarter, another All-star Game record for any period. He was the first pick by Antetokounmpo in the starters’ portion of the All-star draft, and in the end, that pick proved to be the right one.
It was James’ first loss in six times as captain. Antetokounmpo improved to 1-2 in his All-star captaincies.
Donovan Mitchell added 40 for Team Giannis, which got 26 points from Damian Lillard — including the game-winner to push his team past the target score.
Jaylen Brown scored 35 points and had 14 rebounds for Team Lebron, while Kyrie Irving had 32 points and 15 assists and Joel Embiid finished with 32 points.
Lillard, the winner of the 3-point contest on All-star Saturday Night, made eight 3s — including a halfcourt pullup in the third quarter.
The league had a ceremony before the second half to pay tribute to the three leading scorers in NBA history: No. 3 Karl Malone, No. 2 Kareem Abdul-jabbar and James, now the game’s career leader after he passed Abdul-jabbar earlier this month.
Malone and Abdul-jabbar were brought to the stage, and then Dwyane Wade — James’ former teammate in Miami and now a part-owner of the Jazz — introduced James to bring him onto the platform. “We’ve all been witnesses,” Wade said. “No matter the challenge, no matter the noise, he was relentless.”
With the number 38,388 displayed behind him, James then raised his hand to thank the fans for their ovation, hugged Abdul-jabbar and Malone. He didn’t return to the game, his night ending with a right hand contusion.
He finished with 13 points, and said a chasedown block in the first half led to him getting a finger caught in the rim.
“Precautionary reasons,” James said.