10 Memorable Moments from the NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The NBA weekend is over in Cleveland, but there were plenty of great moments over the course of the three days. The fun started with the Wolstein Center’s Celebrity Game, and ended with LeBron James closing the All-Star Game Sunday night with a light jacket.

The stars were on display all weekend. Naturally, when you bring so many great players together, you will have some unforgettable moments.

Here are the top 10 moments from the weekend.

Miles Garrett Strong Jam in the Celebrity Game

Miles Jarrett didn’t take the MVP award at Friday Night’s Celebrity Game. But he may have had his most memorable game when he took a pass from Jack Harlow and threw a powerful dunk.

Garrett, of course, plays football for the Browns. But he showed he could stick with basketball if he wanted to.

Cole Anthony tried, but failed, to distract Desmond Payne

The new format of the Rising Stars Challenge has made every game more competitive and fun than it has been in previous years.

In the first game of the mini-tournament, Desmond Payne was on the free-throw streak with a chance to win. Cole Anthony was standing outside the lane and it was clear he would do anything to win, even if it meant trying for some distraction.

He dropped his shorts briefly before Bane fired a free throw. Unfortunately for Anthony, it didn’t work out.

Earlier in that game, Anthony played a wheel when he thought Galen Suggs hit the winning free throw. But he missed that free throw.

Scotty Barnes, Therese Maxi miss the ball after layup

Scotty Barnes and Therese Maxi have been so good this season that Barnes was in the rookie mix of the year, breaking Maxi in his second season with the 76ers.

But the Clorox Clutch Challenge on Friday night wasn’t their best moment.

The two-man teams had to shoot from five different areas of the field. However, Barnes and Maxi several times failed to hit a simple corner kick.

Evan Mobley’s half-court shot to win the skill challenge

Evan Mobley really helped his team win the Rising Stars on Friday night. The next night, join Darius Garland and Garrett Allen to form the Caves team for the new Taco Bell skills challenge.

All three had great moments, with Allen scoring a three-pointer in the shooting challenge, and Garland notching a 3-pointer break to send his team to the final.

But it was Mobley who secured victory with a half-court shot in his first attempt to beat The Rock for the crown.

The city of Karl Anthony caught fire in a 3-point shootout

The dunk contest was useless, but the 3-point shootout brought the heat as usual.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves made the most of his debut in the 3-point competition when he became the first big man to win the event in 10 years.

He earned a total score of 29 in the last round, a record for a finalist in this event. Cities started hot by taking nine of his first 10 shots in the finals.

Cities needed nearly every one of those points, with Luke Kennard and Trae Young each scoring 26 points in the finals.

Introduced LeBron James in the All-Star Game

One of the biggest stories of the weekend was LeBron James driving one of the teams in his hometown.

James received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was presented Sunday night before the All-Star Game.

He even re-tossed chalk before the match.

Darius Garland Alley to Garrett Allen

Garland and Allen have been associated with several alleys throughout the season. But there was something a little different about them calling one of them during the All-Star Game.

It was the first All-Star game for both of them. Garland scored 13 points and three assists. Allen came close to a double with 10 points and nine rebounds. He also had two blocks, one on Joel Embiid in the fourth quarter.

NBA 75 Halftime Show

During the first half of Sunday night’s All-Star Game, the NBA presented the full NBA 75 team in honor of the league’s 75th season.

Players from past and present were gathered on the center court as the league paid tribute to its rich history.

James, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant drew some of the loudest cheers at the ceremony.

Stephen Curry rewrites all-star shooting records

Stephen Curry was booed hard throughout the weekend, particularly during the team’s Sunday night introductions. But even in Cleveland, Carrie owned the night.

He was on fire during the match, setting an All-Star Game record with 16 three-pointers.

Not only was he hitting 3s, but he was hitting them from all over, including hits from farther than the 3-point arc. He was named home MVP with 50 points but came a short distance from breaking Anthony Davis’ all-star record of 52 points.

It was so impressive that even Cleveland fans were cheering.

LeBron calls the game

The All-Star Game belongs to Carrie. But James ended his night in a building where he shone a myriad of lights.

James hit the last basket when he went on to jump over Zach Lavigne to help LeBron’s team hit the 163-point target.

James finished with 24 points.

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