Team LeBron also rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final minutes, tying it at 144-144 on James' 3-pointer with 1:31 to play.
Considering the changes made to the All-Star Game format were meant to give fans a more competitive game to watch, commissioner Adam Silver and the league office should consider this year's format a success.
"It definitely worked out for everybody", James said.
"We wanted to kind of change the narrative of the All-Star Game being a joke", said the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, who played for Team LeBron.
If you're an National Basketball Association fan here, that might have been the highlight of the weekend - a tug of war between Westbrook and fans over whether the Lakers could sell cap space to an upcoming free agent.
"Format was great", James said in the post-game news conference. One can imagine a blowout in either direction robbing the game of its newfound intensity. George and James are coveted as offseason signings by Lakers fans, but there was no reprise of the "We want Paul!" chants for the Palmdale native after Saturday's All-Star practice. Each team even played defense for all four quarters.
At 33 years old, James was the oldest player in the game. They provided the finishing touches for their squad in the end game.
Team LeBron upstaged Team Stephen 148-145 in the NBA All-Star Game Sunday in a thrilling duel that featured spectacular plays at both ends of the court by the game's premier players.
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Durant, however, said the Warriors have bigger things to worry about than the standings. But the Lakers will make a pitch to George this summer, after a year of rumors linking him to LA. He was able to hit Kyrie on the baseline, and playing with Kyrie for so many games, you know, if I just make myself available, he would find me.
It came down to a surprising defensive stop for Team LeBron to walk away with the win in Los Angeles, with James picking up his third NBA All-Star MVP award in the process.
DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers tied for the lead on Curry's team with 21 points. The winning team got $50,000 dollars, and the losing team got $25,000 dollars.
James was complimentary of Los Angeles as a host city all weekend, a fact that is not likely lost on Lakers fans.
The other was footage from the Team LeBron bench, which captured James and Irving sharing some sort of secret with one another before breaking into hysterical laughter.
"It is different", O'Neal told Sporting News this weekend.
If the goal on Sunday was to see stars, for most of the night banging one's head against the wall might have been a more enjoyable method. The notion that his expression should be reserved for matters pertaining to basketball was belittling not just to the substance of that expression, but to the craft itself.