Best moments from Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis

The NBA’s annual All-Star Weekend, taking place this year in Charlotte, N.C., is almost over, but there’s still plenty of fun left to be had.

The main event — Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis — begins at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

This is the second year that the All-Star rosters were hand-selected by team captains, and last year’s competition didn’t disappoint, as Team LeBron downed Team Steph 148-145 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

Will this year’s showdown be as thrilling? 

Follow along below to see some of the best moments as the night unfolds.

Note: This story will be updated throughout the night. All times Eastern.

► 10:08: Miami memories

D-Wade throws an off-the-backboard alley-oop to LeBron to get the second half going.

► 9:27: It’s warming up a little …

Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant got into it a little in the first half, and Embiid’s half-time interview indicated that things are about to get more competitive (thankfully).

“He had an and-1 on me and he said something. I had to say something back,” Embiid said as television footage showed him and Durant jawing at each other. “It’s all fun, and when it’s time to go at it, I’m gonna be there.”

9:08: How is this even possible?

Giannis. Isn’t. Human.

9:05: Marv Albert in a muddle

The excitement is clearly getting the better of Marv Albert. In the span of a minute he mixed up Nikola Jokic and Nikola Vucevic, then did the same with Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis. Oops..

8:57: Dirk turns back the clock

The big fella checks in and immediately drains back-to-back 3-pointers.

► 8:51: Giannis or Aaron Rodgers?

This full-court pass from the Bucks superstar was right on the money.

► 8:33: Steph throws it down! Kind of …

It’s only warm-ups, and it’s not a clean finish, but still … this has to be the best dunk of Steph’s life.

► 8:31: Michael Buffer gets things rumbling

There’s never a bad time for boxing announcer Michael Buffer’s rasping tones to light up a sporting occasion – especially a heavyweight slugfest like this. Buffer announced the head-to-head between Team LeBron and Team Giannis just before tip-off.

► 8:17: One last All-Star Game intro for Dwyane Wade

Is it dusty in here?

► 7:22: Steph Curry and Joel Embiid warm up … by playing volleyball?

Perfect execution on the set by Steph, even better execution on the spike by Embiid. 

 

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