LeBron James on Steph Curry's ASG Performance: 'This Guy is From a Different Planet'February 21, 2022
The 2022 NBA All-Star Game had such a perfect ending it might as well have been scripted.
LeBron James knocked down a one-legged fadeaway jumper to lead Team LeBron to a 163-160 win over Team Durant in Cleveland—only after fellow Akron native, Stephen Curry, led the way with a 50-point performance.
"This guy is from a different planet," James said of Curry, who won game MVP honors. "He literally has an automatic sniper connected to his arm, and when he lets it go, not only himself but everybody on the floor, in the stands, on TV, on their phones, whatever you're watching on, you think it's going in every time."
Curry shattered Paul George's previous record of nine threes in an All-Star Game, knocking down a jaw-dropping 16—many of them from absurdly long distances. His 50 points are the second-most in All-Star history, behind the 52-point effort of Anthony Davis in 2017.
James finished with 24 points, six rebounds and eight assists as the Cleveland crowd cheered him on with a voraciousness he has not heard all season in Los Angeles amid the Lakers' struggles.
"I was chasing that extra two or three points. I think DeMar [DeRozan] hit a big shot, and then [James] came out and hit the game-winner," Curry told reporters. "It was kind of a perfect ending. Obviously, I got the MVP; I played well the whole night. He hit the game-winner. All the history of our series and the Akron ties, and all that kind of going into how the night went, so it was pretty—can't really draw it up any other way."