Highlight: LeBron James, Defense Lead Team LeBron to Victory over Team Stephen

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2018

After the exhibition matchup drew criticism in recent years, all eyes were on the players in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Sunday—and boy, did it live up to expectations.

Intensity was up compared to years past, with defense emphasized throughout the contest. As a result, the game went down to the wire and was decided in fitting fashion.

Down by one in the final minute, the league's top vote-getter, LeBron James, came up with the game-winning basket with the help of former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving.

With a three-point lead in the final seconds, Team LeBron's smothering defense made it impossible for Team Stephen's Stephen Curry or DeMar DeRozan to get a final shot off for the tie.

Behind clutch plays in the final minute, Team LeBron pulled out a 148-145 victory over Team Stephen.

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