Keion Cage | Hampton Script Staff Writer
The NBA's All-Star Game on Feb. 16 in Chicago celebrated some of the league's best athletes. The association also changed the rules of the game to honor basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died Jan. 26.
A frenetic fourth quarter featured fierce competitiveness worthy of Bryant. Several fouls, challenges and heated disputes occurred between players and referees – rarely seen in past All-Star games.
"This fourth quarter of [the NBA All-Star Game] is an absolutely phenomenal look for the game of basketball," ESPN journalist Stephen A. Smith wrote on Twitter. "This is what fans crave and the players delivered."
Team LeBron was able to complete the comeback victory and beat Team Giannis, 157-155, with a free throw made by the Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis sealing the deal.
The NBA changed the All-Star MVP Award name to the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP Award. The Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard earned the honor with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
"It's very special," Leonard said in an interview with ESPN. "Words can't explain how happy I am to be able to put that trophy in my room and just be able to see Kobe's name on there."
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