Maya Moore Wins MVP as Team Parker Takes 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS - JULY 28:  Maya Moore #23 of Team Parker handles the ball against Team Delle Donne during the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game on July 28, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Minnesota Lynx guard Maya Moore took home MVP honors as Team Parker defeated Team Delle Donne, 119-112, in the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game at Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon.

Moore, who was playing in front of a hometown crowd, took home her third straight All-Star MVP with 18 points (8-of-17 shooting), eight rebounds and six assists.

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Maya Moore has herself a day at the @WNBA All-Star Game: - She won her 3rd All-Star MVP award, tied with Lisa Leslie for most in WNBA history - She became the 1st player from a host city to win MVP - She passed Tamika Catchings for most career All-Star points (119) https://t.co/VvvTO4BTAl

That wasn't the only honor Moore nabbed.

Thanks to her 18-point effort, the four-time WNBA champion passed Tamika Catchings and became the league's all-time All-Star Game scoring leader:

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.@MooreMaya is a legend among stars https://t.co/K7O9PMczCN

Team Parker also received 18 points from Chicago Sky sharpshooter Allie Quigley, who put on a show during halftime's three-point shooting contest.

During the final round of her showdown against Las Vegas aces shooting guard Kayla McBride, Quigley was unconscious and finished with 29 points to nab her second straight three-point shootout title:


Here is @alliequigley's final round of the #WNBA3Point which proved to be good for back-to-back titles! #WNBAAllStar https://t.co/kZzj18ijRW

Team Parker added to its never-ending highlight reel with a dunk from Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage (11 points) in the game's waning seconds:


THAT IS HOW YOU FINISH πŸ‘πŸ‘ @ecambage ends the #WNBAAllStar with the DUNK Final Score: #TeamParker 119 - #TeamDelleDonne 112 #WatchMeWork https://t.co/dxbd6byHUJ

Thanks to that slam, Cambage joined Lisa Leslie, Michelle Snow, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner and Jonquel Jones as the only women to register dunks in the midseason exhibition.

Over on Team Delle Donne, Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver dropped a game-high 23 points and tied an All-Star Game record with seven threes:


Make that 7⃣ threes for @KristiToliver, tying the #WNBAAllStar record for threes in a game! #TeamParker 115 - #TeamDelleDonne 112 https://t.co/CCeqQtghKH

Additionally, Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson dropped 18 points and threatened to become the first rookie since Shoni Schimmel in 2014 to take home MVP.

At this point, though, it merely feels like a matter of time before Wilson will be hoisting the hardware above her head.