2023 NBA All-Star Game: Jayson Tatum lead historic scoring performance to power Team Giannis

Team Giannis snapped Team LeBron’s winning streak as Jayson Tatum led all scoring with 55 points in a 184-175 win. Follow for more Allstar game related stories here!

The former Utah Jazz guard star Donovan Mitchell contributed 40 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, and three steals for Team Giannis. Meanwhile, Jaylen Brown led Team LeBron with 35 points and 14 rebounds, Sixers’ big man Joel Embiid and Dallas Guard Kyrie Irving both contributed 32 points in a loss. 

The 2023 NBA All Star Game also marks the new format for all star draft – before the match, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo draft players to fill their roster. On this historic night, James was also honored for becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer, passing Abdul-Jabbar’s impossible feat this month.

The first quarter ended with the score of 46-46, both teams’ selected charities received $50,000. Tatum led his team with 13 points output, while Irving recorded 11 points for Team LeBron. In the second quarter, Team Giannis won with the score of 53-46 as it was highlighted by dunks, insane passes, long three-pointers that included a Ja Morant 360 dunk. The whole $100,000 will be given to Team Giannis’ charity. During the half-time break, it was announced that LeBron James would miss the second half due to an apparent hand injury.  Luka Doncic got the iso-cam for the second half.

In the third quarter, Team Giannis continued to dismantle Team LeBron. Tatum maintained his hot scoring, pouring in an All-star record of 27 points in a single quarter, to lead Team Giannis to 59-49 victory in the third period and another $100,000 to be given to a charity. The 2023 3-Point Contest Champion Damian lillard put on a show, pul;ling up a series of three points, including the midcourt shot. 

In the fourth quarter, Team LeBron made a comeback win and beat Team Giannis 34-26. Tatum recorded a historic 55 points performance to earn his way to Kobe Bryant MVP Trophy. Lauri Markkanen was very happy to be part of this historic All Star Game and not minding being the last pick and was just glad to represent Utah. The Finland International finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. 

“Pretty surreal,” said Markkanen, addressing his first-ever All-Star game. “I was excited  to get out there the whole weekend. I mean, I got to participate in the 3-Point Contest, but this was what we were waiting for. … Just a great experience to be a part of. I can’t wait to be here again.”

Although Jayson Tatum took home the All-Star MVP Trophy, Donovan Mitchell got the loudest support and cheers towards the fans from his former team, Utah Jazz. He spent five years playing for the Jazz and led them to all five playoffs appearances before deciding to end his tie and used his talent for a new organization. 

“I grew up here as a player, as a person, as a man,” said Mitchell during the post-game interview. “Then to be back here as a starter, to come back here for All-Stars it makes sense. 

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