It was weird watching the 2020 NBA All-Star Game and not seeing Steph Curry, who played only five games last season due to a broken hand. But the Golden State Warriors star was back in action on Sunday night, with the best performance of his seven career All-Star Games.
Curry drained shot after shot, finishing with 8 three-pointers made, and 28 points. That was the third-highest total of the game, trailing only his two teammates Damian Lillard (32) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (35). And it helped propel Team LeBron to a convincing win over Team Durant, 170-150.
Under the new format of the All-Star Game, the score is reset after the second and third quarters, resulting in there mini games that raise funds for organizations. For the fourth quarter, the points from the first three frames are tallied, and the teams play an untimed quarter until either side reaches the mark of 24 more points than the leading team ended the third quarter with.
Under the unique format, Curry’s side won all three quarters, as well as the final. That led to a donation of $1,250,000 for the Thurgood Marshall College Fun.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Curry put on an absolute show.
He did the expected, with a few threes from roughly a half mile out.
But he also did something a bit more unexpected with ... wait for it ... an alley-oop dunk.
Whew. That was fun.
Curry made a pretty strong case to nab the first All-Star Game MVP award of his career, but was beat out by Antetokounmpo, who not only had a game-high 35, but shot a perfect 16-for-16 from the field. I doubt Curry is worrying about that, especially since he has a second Three-Point Shootout trophy to put on his mantle after winning the contest before the game.
Now rest up, Steph.