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Warrior Wonder: Kevin Durant was the brightest star in the 2019 All-Star game

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It should come as no surprise that the Warriors two-time Finals MVP took home the All-Star MVP honors in Charlotte.

2019 NBA All-Star Game Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As Kevin Durant rained hellfire for Team LeBron in the 2019 All-Star Game, it was clear why he is the most coveted free agent in the 2020 class.

It’s even more apparent why he’s such a valued member of the Golden State Warriors dynasty. On the night that the best players in the world engaged in a gentleman’s exhibition, Durant was the star that shined the brightest. The hardwood assassin landed dagger after dagger like it was the NBA Finals. And much like the Finals, Durant took the MVP honors with a 31 point, 7 rebound performance that was as efficient as it was timely.

No one could stop Durant from activating what I call the “E.A.T.” system: Efficiency, Attitude, and Theatrics.

Efficiency

The All-Star game is notorious for reckless chucking. Case in point: the two teams combined for 167 three-pointers Sunday. Even Durant’s Golden State teammate Stephen Curry wasn’t immune from jack fever; the Golden Child was a hilarious 6-of-23 from the field.

But Durant was cruelly accurate, shooting 10-of-15 from the field, nailing 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Attitude

KD set the tone early on for Team LeBron when he went at the giant Joel Embiid.

Don’t let Durant’s quiet off the court demeanor distract you from the killer he is on the court. He didn’t hesitate to let the braggadocious big man know that he can’t guard the Slim Reaper.

Theatrics

Durant nonchalantly took over the fourth quarter on a court full of stars, drilling big shot after big shot in Charlotte.

With six minutes to go, Durant’s squad led 155-153.

  • 5:54 Kevin Durant makes 28-foot three point jumper (Kyrie Irving assists) 158 - 153
  • 5:18 Kevin Durant makes 23-foot three point jumper (Kyrie Irving assists) 161 - 153

And just like that, Team Giannis was wobbling. Durant would add two more jumpers down the stretch in addition to a big block on Embiid to close the deal.

Sure feels good to have him on our side in the Golden Empire, amirite? Check out KD giving Dub Nation a special shout out below!