Durant claims MVP in All-Star Game

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Dec 1, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) looks on during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Reuters/Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

CHARLOTTE (Reuters) – Kevin Durant scored 31 points and won MVP honors after outdueling Giannis Antetokounmpo to lift Team LeBron to a 178-164 win Sunday night in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

In the “First in Flight” city, players showed up Sunday ready to launch. Team LeBron attempted 90 3-pointers (hitting 35), and the teams combined for 167 tries from deep.

Durant helped put the game away for Team LeBron with a 3-pointer with two minutes left for a 171-160 lead. Kyrie Irving made a leaning floater and Durant hit a 15-footer to seal it.

“It’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game, and to win an MVP here in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet,” said Durant.

Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 38 points on 17-of-23 shooting and drew raves from his peers, Durant included.

“He’s got potential through the roof. He’s still producing at an elite level, and it’s scary to see how far he can go,” Durant said. “His game is rounding into shape. He’s still getting better, but he’s leading top five, top three MVP candidates right now at 20. How old is he, 23? To be that young and already at the top of the class as one of the elites in the game, it’s a joy to watch his progression.”

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