Basketball Wiretap

Stephen Curry Wins 2022 NBA All-Star Game MVP In Team LeBron Win

Feb 21, 2022 8:26 AM

Stephen Curry scored 50 points while hitting 16 three-pointers to lead Team LeBron to a 163-160 win over Team Durant in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

Curry was named MVP while LeBron James hit the game winning basket.

"Yeah, I told him on the court after the game it was kind of a perfect ending," said Curry, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player. "I was chasing that extra two or three points. I think DeMar [DeRozan] hit a big shot, and then [James] came out and hit the game winner.

"It was kind of a perfect ending. Obviously, I got the MVP; I played well the whole night. He hit the game winner. All the history of our series and the Akron ties, and all that kind of going into how the night went, so it was pretty -- can't really draw it up any other way.

"It's right on the nose of how it should go."

Curry made eight three-ponters int he first half and then made five straight early in the third quarter, including one on three straight possessions. 

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Hometown Kids, Karl-Anthony Towns Shine On All-Star Saturday

Feb 20, 2022 8:25 AM

NBA All-Star Saturday had some twists on previous competitions and delivered some surprising results. Ohio-related stars stole the show to delight the Cleveland crowd.

The hometown Cleveland Cavaliers took home the first team-version of the Skills Contest. Team Cavs, consisting of Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley defeated Team Rookies, consisting of Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham and Josh Giddey. Mobley won the contest for Team Cavs by draining his first half-court shot attempt in the final round. Team Antetokounmpo, featuring Giannis, Thanasis and Alex Antetokounmpo was eliminated after the first round.

In the Three-Point Contest, Karl-Anthony Towns was dominant. Towns came into the contest with the worst odds and blew away the field. The Minnesota Timberwolves center scored the second-highest total ever with 29 points in the final round.

In a somewhat underwhelming Dunk Contest, Ohio got another win. Dayton University product Obi Toppin was the most consistent performer on his way to a championship. Toppin's first two dunks featured him jumping over dunk coach Chuck Milan and a windmill dunk. In the final round, the New York Knicks forward tried a dunk where he palmed the ball against the glass before dunking. After two attempts, he tossed the ball off the glass and windmilled it after going through his legs. Needing to just complete a dunk on his final attempt to win the contest, Toppin pulled off his originally planned slam.

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Tags: Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, Karl-Anthony Towns, Obi Toppin, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA All-Star

Cade Cunningham Named MVP Of Rising Stars Challenge

Feb 19, 2022 8:27 AM

Detroit Pistons rookie guard Cade Cunningham was named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend. Cunningham helped lead Team Barry to the inaugural Rising Stars Challenge championship.

In the two-game tournament, the first set of games were each played to a 50-point target score. The final was then played to a 25-point target score. The 75-point total target was in honor of the NBA's 75th anniversary season.

In Team Barry's first game, Cunningham scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out six assists. He also added a steal and two blocks. In the championship, Cunningham added five points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

The new format featured three intense endings to each game. As teams closed in on the target score, there was an uncharacteristic amount of defense played in the exhibition games. All players involved seemed to enjoy the new format.

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Tags: Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA All-Star, NBA Award

Jarrett Allen Named As Injury All-Star Replacement For James Harden

Feb 14, 2022 5:11 PM

Jarrett Allen has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace James Harden on Team LeBron in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

Allen has earned his first NBA All-Star selection.  He is averaging a career-high 16.2 points, a career-high 11.1 rebounds and 1.35 blocked shots in 49 games this season.

Harden will not play in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game because of a left hamstring injury.  He was selected by NBA head coaches as a reserve. 

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James Harden Goes Last In 2022 All-Star Draft

Feb 10, 2022 8:32 PM

LeBron James and Kevin Durant selected their rosters for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

Team LeBron
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (captain)
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers
James Harden, Brooklyn Nets
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors

Team Durant
*Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (captain) 
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
 * = injured

LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

Order of picks
First Round (Starters)

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Team LeBron)
2. Joel Embiid (Team Durant)
3. Stephen Curry (Team LeBron)
4. Ja Morant (Team Durant)
5. DeMar DeRozan (Team LeBron)
6. Jayson Tatum (Team Durant)
7. Nikola Jokic (Team LeBron)
8-9. Trae Young and Andrew Wiggins (Team Durant)

Second Round (Reserves)

10. Devin Booker (Team Durant)
11.Luka Doncic (Team LeBron)
12. Karl-Anthony Towns (Team Durant)
13. Darius Garland (Team LeBron)
14. Zach LaVine (Team Durant)
15. Chris Paul (Team LeBron)
16. Dejounte Murray (Team Durant)
17. Jimmy Butler (Team LeBron)
18. Khris Middleton (Team Durant)
19. Donovan Mitchell (Team LeBron)
20. LaMelo Ball (Team Durant)
21. Fred VanVleet (Team LeBron)
22. Rudy Gobert (Team Durant)
23. James Harden (Team LeBron)

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LaMelo Ball, Dejounte Murray Named All-Star Game Injury Replacements

Feb 7, 2022 4:03 PM

LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray have been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as injury replacements for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.  Ball will replace Kevin Durant and Murray will replace Draymond Green. 

In addition, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who was selected as an All-Star reserve, will replace Durant as a starter.

Ball, the 2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, has earned his first NBA All-Star selection.  In his second NBA season, Ball is averaging 19.6 points, 7.5 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 1.47 steals in 47 games.  

This is also the first NBA All-Star selection for Murray, who is in his fifth NBA season.  He is averaging career highs of 19.6 points, 9.2 assists, 8.4 rebounds and 2.06 steals in 47 games.

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Tags: LaMelo Ball, Dejounte Murray, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA All-Star

Darius Garland Headline Eastern Conference 21-22 All-Star Reserves

Feb 3, 2022 7:37 PM

Darius Garland headlines the Eastern Conference reserves for the 21-22 NBA All-Star Game, which will be held in Cleveland.

Joining Garland as All-Stars from the East are Jimmy Butler, James Harden, Zach LaVine, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum and Fred VanVleet.

Garland and VanVleet are first time All-Stars.

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Devin Booker, Chris Paul Headline West All-Star Game Reserves

Feb 3, 2022 7:12 PM

Devin Booker and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns headline the Western Conference All-Star Game reserves for the 21-22 season.

Joining Booker and Paul are Luka Doncic, Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green, Donovan Mitchell and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Green has announced he will not play in the game due to injury.

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NBA Announces 28 Players For Rising Stars Challenge

Feb 1, 2022 8:58 PM

The NBA has announced the rosters for the Rising Stars game, which consists of 12 rookies, 12 sophomores and four players from the G League Ignite.

The 28 players will be divided into four teams of seven.

NBA Rookies
Scottie Barnes
Cade Cunningham
Ayo Dosumnu
Chris Duarte
Josh Giddey
Jalen Green
Herbert Jones
Davion Mitchell
Evan Mobley
Alperen Sengun
Jalen Suggs
Franz Wagner

NBA Sophomores
Precious Achiuwa
Cole Anthony
LaMelo Ball
Desmond Bane
Saddiq Bey
Anthony Edwards
Tyrese Haliburton
Jaden McDaniels
Isaac Okoro
Isaiah Stewart
Jae'Sean Tate

G League Ignite
MarJon Beauchamp
Dyson Daniels
Jaden Hardy
Scott Henderson

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Jalen Green, Cole Anthony, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Obi Toppin To Participate In 2022 Dunk Contest

Feb 1, 2022 4:43 PM

Jalen Green, Cole Anthony, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Obi Toppin will participate in the 2022 Slam Dunk contest in Cleveland.

Toppin came in second in last year's contest to Anfernee Simons.

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Tags: Obi Toppin, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Jalen Green, Cole Anthony, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA All-Star