The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend kicked off Friday in Cleveland, continued with Saturday night's skills competitions and capped off Sunday with the annual All-Star Game.
Stephen Curry put on a shooting clinic Sunday evening, hitting 16 3-pointers and scoring 50 points, while LeBron James hit an absurd, one-legged turnaround jumper to clinch the victory for Team LeBron over Team Durant 163-160.
On a night when the NBA honored its 75 greatest players, two of them -- Curry and James -- put on displays worthy of the occasion.
Curry was eventually named All-Star Game MVP for the first time in his illustrious career.
James (Los Angeles Lakers) and Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) were the captains of the two teams in this year's All-Star Game. Both players picked their respective teams, a format the league first instituted in 2018, and the draft was packed with memorable quotes and a peculiar player selection.
Here's the best from Cleveland:
He has been hammering the team's knuckles with rounds of trademark passive-aggressive maneuvers since, both on social media and in news conferences.
Brian Windhorst: LeBron's messaging for Lakers
In a game that saw 323 total points and 121 shots launched from beyond the arc, which stars shined brightest in Cleveland? We're grading every participant for Team LeBron and Team Durant.
Kevin Pelton: Grades for starters and reserves
Following the conclusion of the trade deadline, James and Durant drafted their All-Star teams. Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo went first overall to Team LeBron. Since James got the first pick, the last two starters, Trae Young and Andrew Wiggins, went to Team Durant.
* Tatum will take Durant's place as a starter for the game
After finishing second last season, the New York Knicks' Obi Toppin won the dunk contest, while Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns became the first big man since 2012 to capture the 3-point contest crown. And in a retooled skills challenge, Team Cavs -- Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley -- gave the home fans a show.
When it comes to the title of greatest player in All-Star Game history, it's not always about scoring points. Or is it? Kevin Pelton looks at who's done that the best over their careers.
The Rising Stars Challenge became the latest part of All-Star Weekend to undergo a format change, and it was a success. The event, which features the top first- and second-year NBA players, employed an entirely new format this season. Rather than just being one game involving those players, like in years past, there were four seven-man rosters coached by Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas, Rick Barry, James Worthy and Gary Payton. Three games were played -- two semifinal matchups to 50, and a championship game to 25, in a nod to the league celebrating its 75th anniversary this season.
The Rising Stars Challenge featured the presence of G League Ignite players for the first time in the annual showcase for its stars of tomorrow as part of All-Star Weekend.
One change that easily catches the eye of basketball fans and TV viewers is the ever growing number of uniform combinations that have been worn for the All-Star Game throughout the years. Check 'em out here.
How do I watch?
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
When: 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 18
Live Stream: ESPN App
NBA Rising Stars Challenge
When: 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 18
NBA All-Star Saturday Night
When: 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 19
NBA All-Star G League Next Gem Game
When: 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 20
TV: NBA TV
NBA All-Star Game
When: 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 20
Before captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant picked their squads, several All-Stars were supported by social media campaigns to help ensure their spot on the roster (Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker received a loving endorsement from Kendall Jenner). These posts targeted fans, who accounted for 50% of the final All-Star vote that determined the starters. Check out some of the memorable efforts.
Which player having a historic season got snubbed? Our NBA Insiders break down the All-Star storylines and surprise picks.