Jayson Tatum led Giannis Antetokounmpo's team to a 184-175 in the NBA All-Star Game over LeBron James' team.
The Boston Celtics winger scored 55 points in the show game of the top basketball players in North America's professional league, setting an all-star record. Tatum was also named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player.
"It means a lot to me: when you think of all the legends and great players. And to be honest: records are there to be broken. I hope to keep mine for as long as possible," Tatum said of the record held since 2017 by Anthony Davis with 52 points.
towered over Tatum
Tatum scored 27 points in the third quarter alone. The Celtics player hit ten long-range shots throughout the game. Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers, who had won the three-way competition the day before, ensured the final score of 184:175.
Tatum was picked into Giannis Antetokounmpo's team just before the game. Superstar LeBron James was the second All-Star captain. Since 2018, the two players with the most votes have been putting together their own All-Star teams, with James losing for the first time after five wins. The two superstars had chosen their teams for the first time directly before the game in the hall.
However, Antetokounmpo was only in the first attack on the floor, the superstar of the Milwaukee Bucks had sprained his wrist just before the All-Star weekend. James injured his hand during the All-Star game and did not return for the second half. At halftime, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar was honored after he most recently broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA scoring record.