Jayson Tatum

Scores All-Star record 55 points, wins MVP

SALT LAKE CITY -- Team Giannis only had Giannis Antetokounmpo for one play because of his sprained right wrist.

Team LeBron only had LeBron James for one half because of a right-hand contusion and a plan to save the 20-year veteran's legs for the Los Angeles Lakers' post-break playoff push.

And so in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game, the real competition ended up being between Boston's Jayson Tatum and Cleveland's Donovan Mitchell as they vied for MVP while playing for the same team.

Tatum won the award, scoring an All-Star record 55 points, including 27 in the third quarter.

It was the first time Tatum, a huge Kobe Bryant fan, won the award.

"It's extremely special for me," Tatum said. "My first All-Star Game was in Chicago in 2020, when they renamed the MVP after him," I remember telling myself that day that I've got to get one of those before I get done.

"To be able to wear my signature shoe, break the record, and take home this award from somebody that I idolized, it's a hell of a day."

James threw the ball off the glass with his left hand around Donovan Mitchell, caught the ball with his left hand, and threw down a two-handed dunk early in the first quarter.


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