They played defense. They schemed and called plays. And in the game’s final minutes, both the players and the crowd rose to the occasion. Team LeBron beat Team Stephen, 148-145, and the game’s new format, and new financial incentives, seemed to work.
LeBron James, now in his 15th season, still rules the NBA. He’ll play in his 14th NBA All-Star game on Sunday at Staples Center. Just the mere thought of his free agency causes teams to salivate and covet salary cap space. The question of where he is headed dominates the NBA landscape.