Team LeBron tops Team Stephen 148-145 to win NBA All-Star Game

LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game.James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night.For the first time in the 67 editions of the All-Star Game, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format used since 1951 and allowed team captains James and Stephen Curry to choose their own rosters.That twist turned a sometimes staid event into the world's richest pickup game, and the intrigue was reflected on the Staples Center court, where a real basketball game broke out.LeBron's team even won an All-Star game with defense: On the final possession, James and Kevin Durant blanketed Curry, preventing the 3-point-shooting superstar from getting off a potential tying shot."I think myself and Stephen took it upon ourselves when we took on this format that we had to change the way this game was played," said James, who also had 10 rebounds and eight assists.Both teams played defense for long stretches and contested many shots, with LeBron's group even picking up full-court late in the first half. 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.LA native DeMar DeRozan hit one free throw to put Team Steph ahead, but LeBron claimed the lead with his layup after some sharp passing by his teammates. DeRozan then made a turnover on an attempted pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Russell Westbrook broke out for a layup with 10.7 seconds left.Team Steph had one last chance, but even the usually unguardable Curry couldn't find enough space to launch a 3 between his fellow captain and Durant, his Golden State teammate. Curry finished with 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting."We got stops when we needed to," Westbrook said.Indeed.The All-Stars' shooting percentages and final scores were way down from Continue Reading

Team LeBron storms back to defeat Team Steph in revamped NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES – They played hard. They entertained. They didn’t get hurt.When it comes to the NBA All-Star Game that ended with Team LeBron downing Team Steph 148-145 at Staples Center on Sunday night, that’s all anybody ever wanted.Consider this hoops experiment a rousing success."We wanted to kind of change the narrative of the All-Star Game being a joke," Kevin Durant said. "Today we wanted to make it a real basketball game." Said LeBron: "It worked out not only for the players, not only for the league, but for our fans, for everybody. It was a great weekend and we capped it off the right way." After all those years of lackluster exhibition basketball, with the game’s best players treating the centerpiece event of this featured weekend like a lazy shoot-around during the dog days of the regular season, they put some fire back in the game again. Instead of East v. West, the Chris Paul-inspired change meant that leading vote getters LeBron James and Stephen Curry would pick teams just like kids do every day on your local playground.The debut was better than anyone could have hoped for. And how’s this for the perfect ending? Former Cavs teammates Kyrie Irving (13 points, nine assists) and All-Star Game MVP LeBron James (29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) paired up for the game-winning play.With 34.5 seconds left, Russell Westbrook drove the lane and found Irving cutting underneath the rim. The Boston Celtics star who forced his way off of James’ team last summer tipped a pass to the cutting James, who hit the finger roll layup for a one-point lead that was enough. Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan couldn’t get a three-pointer off from the right corner at the buzzer, as Kevin Durant and his Team LeBron teammates played the kind of suffocating defense that you simply don’t see in this affair. Portland’s Damian Lillard and DeRozan led Team Steph in scoring with 21 points.It didn’t take long to Continue Reading

NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Hart’s Bizarre Player Intros and 8 More Things You Didn’t See on TV

Here's what happened inside Staples Center in L.A. as the Team LeBron takes on Team Steph Debbie Emery, provided by Published 8:03 pm, Sunday, February 18, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Hart’s Bizarre Player Intros and 8 More Things You Didn’t See on TV 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The NBA All-Star game is the ultimate melding of sports and entertainment, so what better place to have it than in Los Angeles? As the average height of people walking around downtown Los Angeles increased by about five inches, the NBA changed its format from East vs. West to the two most dominant players in the league drafting their own teams. And so we got Team LeBron vs. Team Steph going head-to-head at the Staples Center Sunday night. While the game aired live in TNT, there was plenty of action over the weekend that wasn’t caught on the cameras (not official ones at least). Luckily TheWrap battled the crowds and the endless barricades to give you a behind-the-scenes look at NBA All-Star weekend. Also Read: LeBron James Is Determined to 'Talk About What's Really Important,' Will Not 'Shut Up and Dribble' Recommended Video: Now Playing: Kevin Hart, who's coaching for Team USA at the 2016 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, can't seem to hold himself back around Team Canada's coach, Drake. The two got off to a rocky start when Drake offered to shake the actor's hand and, well, Hart didn't accept. The "Hotline Bling" rapper's face when he saw Hart walk away from the friendly offer? Priceless. And that wasn't even the sassiest thing Mr. Hart did on the court to Drizzy. Media: Wochit Here are what you didn’t see on TV 1. Kevin Hart’s bizarre player introductions The comedian’s intros seemed to take a lifetime as he threw in not-funny one-liners about each star. Fans in the stadium seemed perplexed — and impatient to start the game — while the Twitterverse Continue Reading

The Latest: Hollywood shows up for All-Star Game in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Stars came out for Hollywood's NBA All-Star Game, but the weekend belonged to Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther." Actor and noted Lakers fan Jack Nicholson, rapper Snoop Dogg, singer Rihanna and comedian Chris Rock were among the many celebrities sitting courtside. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel, "Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., rapper Chance the Rapper and director Spike Lee were also in attendance at Staples Center, and basketball greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Bill Russell all sat together. However, it was the latest Marvel superhero film which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada with a record-breaking weekend haul of $192 million that made its presence best known during the NBA's showcase event. Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo delivered a thunderous jam while wearing a Black Panther mask he received from the film's star Chadwick Boseman during the slam dunk contest on Saturday night. It wasn't enough for Oladipo to advance to the finals, but the first-time all-star was thrilled to show his love for his favorite superhero. "I've seen the movie already," Oladipo said. "It was nothing short of amazing." Team Stephen was leading Team LeBron 100-97 late in the third quarter. ___ 6:40 p.m. LeBron James is heating up but his team trails Team Stephen 78-76 at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. James has scored 15 points. He had a big dunk and a 3-pointer to help pull his team within one point, but then Team Stephen opened another big lead. Team LeBron closed the gap again on 3-pointers by Paul George and Victor Oladipo. Stephen Curry had a slow start, going scoreless in the first quarter, and finally got his first points with a 3-pointer with 3:16 before halftime to push the lead to 67-58. Klay Thompson has 15 points for Team Stephen, all on Continue Reading

The Latest: Team Steph, Team LeBron tip off All-Star Game

Updated 5:50 pm, Sunday, February 18, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-4', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 4', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP Image 1of/4 CaptionClose Image 1 of 4 Team LeBron's Russell Westbrook, left, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, greets actor Jack Nicholson prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. Team LeBron's Russell Westbrook, left, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, greets actor Jack Nicholson prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP Image 2 of 4 National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during All-Star basketball game festivities, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during All-Star basketball game festivities, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP Image 3 of 4 Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo gets ready for a dunk while wearing a mask from the movie "Black Panther" during the NBA All-Star basketball slam dunk contest Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo gets ready for a dunk while wearing a mask from the movie "Black Panther" during the NBA All-Star basketball slam dunk contest Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP Image 4 of 4 The Latest: Team Steph, Team LeBron tip off All-Star Game 1 / 4 Back to Gallery LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest from Sunday's Continue Reading

LeBron, Steph lead hand-picked teams into NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA's All-Star version of a pickup game is taking center stage in Hollywood.The 67th version of the All-Star Game on Sunday night features teams picked by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Dispensing with the usual East vs. West format, the league is creating a new look to its annual showcase with teams picked regardless of geography.That's how Curry and Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be going against Kevin Durant, and how James will play alongside Oklahoma City duo Russell Westbrook and Paul George.Boston teammates Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are on opposing teams. Irving is on the same team as James, several months after Irving broke up their Cleveland partnership by forcing a trade.___More AP basketball: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Continue Reading

Hollywood stars slam Quentin Tarantino after Uma Thurman’s account of mistreatment on the set of ‘Kill Bill’

Carrie Wittmer, provided by Published 7:42 am, Monday, February 5, 2018 Getty In an interview with The New York Times, actress Uma Thurman said Quentin Tarantino, who directed her in "Kill Bill," made her do a stunt she wasn't comfortable performing. The stunt resulted in a car crash, and Thurman suffered injuries from it.  Thurman also said Tarantino spat on her and choked her in order to get a better performance. Women in Hollywood and other celebrities have come forward in her support, criticizing Tarantino for his techniques.  Over the weekend, Uma Thurman accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She also said that Quentin Tarantino, who directed her in "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill" (both produced by Weinstein), mistreated her on set. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing H&M to Open Fewer Stores in 2018 Fortune 49ers' President: Record Demand For Football Games Cheddar TV FOX Business Beat: Cost of going cashless; Facebook changes Fox5DC This Contact Lens Can Tell You Your Blood Sugar Level Buzz 60 Tesla Car 'on Autopilot' Crashes into Fire Truck Veuer Best Buy Will Stop Selling CDs in July Wibbitz Tiny Robot Drinks Alcohol in South Korea Jukin Media FOX Business Beat: Parent perks; Facebook time down Fox5DC These Self-Parking Slippers Roll Back Into Place After You Kick Them Off Ruptly TV Report: Whole Foods New Inventory System Is Making Workers Cry Buzz 60 Thurman's story inspired celebrities to criticize Tarantino for his tactics, including actress Jessica Chastain who wrote on Twitter, "How many images of women in media do we celebrate that showcase abuse? When did this become normalized 'entertainment'?" In an interview with The New York Times, Thurman shared a video of a car stunt on the set of "Kill Bill" that she said Tarantino pressured her to do. Thurman said the stunt resulted in a concussion and injured knees for her, because the car crashed. Thurman provided a Continue Reading

Nick Jonas, Carly Rae Jepsen and Fifth Harmony to play NHL All-Star Game

Nick Jonas is cooling down. The former boy band singer will perform during the second intermission of the NHL All-Star Game. Carly Rae Jepsen will open the event with the Canadian national anthem and Fifth Harmony will play the “Star-Spangled Banner." “We are pleased with the incredible lineup of entertainment that we put together for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend,” Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer and executive vice president, said in a statement. “The All-Star Weekend will feature three days of can’t-miss events, including the NHL100 celebration on Friday night, in a weekend where hockey takes over Hollywood. We are excited for Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen’s All-Star Game performances for our fans in L.A and those watching around the world.” The performance will be Fifth Harmony’s second without their fifth member — Camila Cabello quit just before Christmas, following their set at the People’s Choice Awards. Weekend festivities also include the NHL100 gala, hosted by Jon Hamm. The All-Star Game starts at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. Continue Reading

Wayne Simmonds NHL All-Star Game MVP as Metropolitan tops Pacific, 4-3

LOS ANGELES — Wayne Simmonds’ first All-Star weekend after a nine-year NHL career was strange enough. Having Wayne Gretzky for a coach made it even more surreal. And after he scored the tiebreaking goal to become the All-Star Game MVP in his former home city, the Philadelphia forward could only think of one word for his West Coast trip. “Weird,” Simmonds said with a grin. Indeed, the 3-on-3 format of this revamped midseason showcase can lead to weird hockey. It also allows the game’s biggest stars to create moments of offensive beauty, and Simmonds’ winner with Taylor Hall certainly qualified. Simmonds completed his hat trick with 4:58 to play, and fill-in coach Gretzky led the Metropolitan Division to a 4-3 victory over the Pacific Division on Sunday in the final match of the 62nd NHL All-Star Game. Columbus’ Cam Atkinson scored the tying goal five seconds earlier for the Metropolitans in the four-team divisional tournament format of wide-open hockey introduced to this talent-laden exhibition last season. Washington goalie Braden Holtby blanked the Pacific over the final 10 minutes to secure the win for his 11-man bunch, which will split a $1 million prize. Simmonds won the truck awarded to the game’s MVP after he put the Metropolitans ahead with a clever goal. Right off the faceoff following Atkinson’s goal, Simmonds playfully flicked the helmet of Drew Doughty, his former Los Angeles teammate, to distract the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman. Simmonds then skated around him and converted a pass from New Jersey’s Hall. “I just took off,” Simmonds said. “I said to Hallsy before the game, ‘I’m going to drive back-door on one of these plays, probably about a foot from the net. Just hit me with the puck. Hopefully, I can put it in.’ It’s exactly what we spoke about.” Simmonds is still well-liked in LA nearly six Continue Reading

Kobe Bryant wins record-tying fourth NBA All-Star game MVP, scores 37 points in 148-143 West victory

LOS ANGELES - Amid the almost nonstop rumors concerning a potential Carmelo Anthony trade to the Knicks or Nets this week, they somehow managed to squeeze in the NBA's 60th All-Star Game at Staples Center Sunday night. Once they tossed it up, Kobe Bryant took it from there. Not quite an elder statesman but an old man among today's youthful stars, Bryant overshadowed just about everyone else wearing stars on the back of his jersey. He won his third outright MVP and fourth overall as the West held off the East, 148-143. Wearing a dozen stars on his uniform to mark his 12th All-Star appearance, Bryant had 37 points, his career high in an All-Star Game, and added 14 rebounds to overcome LeBron James' triple-double, only the second in All-Star Game history. "Being at home, I wanted to come out and put on a good show," said Bryant, who also shared the MVP two years ago with Shaquille O'Neal. "Playing in front of the hometown fans, this will be my last All-Star Game here at home. So it's great." Performing in his first All-Star Game as a Knick, and the first Knick to start since Patrick Ewing in 1991, Amar'e Stoudemire scored 29 for the East. During the East's late rally, when it recovered from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter, Stoudemire bombed in a big 3-pointer during his 15-point fourth. But the West got a key put-back basket from Pau Gasol in the final 53 seconds and four foul shots from Chris Paul and Kevin Durant in the final :19 to secure the win. But in the first three quarters, no one could match Bryant, who scored 34, eclipsing his previous best in the game. "You could tell (the way) he started out, he wanted to get the MVP," Stoudemire said. "He was not passing the ball, at all." Stoudemire scored his first two baskets against Anthony. But they could be teammates in another day or two or maybe by Thursday's trading deadline. "The team we have now, it's not too bad," Stoudemire said. "But you never know how things may end up in the Continue Reading