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NBA All Star Game 2019: Game Thread

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Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron tips off tonight

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We know you’ve been waiting ages for this moment, and it’s finally here. The best of the best in the NBA come together for the most intense, hard-fought, balls-to-the-wall exhibition of basketballing you’ve ever seen. Your Milwaukee Bucks are represented by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, as well as Mike Budenholzer and staff, and even Bucks in-game host Melanie Ricks got some recognition on the league level.

As for the other All Star festivities, they definitely happened. The Skills Challenge is different now, and Jayson Tatum won on a half court heave. Khris Middleton technically participated in the Three Point Shootout, but came nowhere near winning the contest (he may or may not have finished last, but at least All Star Weekend performances don’t figure into contract negotiations!) Instead, that part was won by Joe Harris, everybody’s favorite sharpshooter/barista:

And the Dunk Contest? Let’s just say this is the only one you need to see.

I was Hamidou Diallo was a person who existed in the NBA, but I didn’t know that he was capable of pulling off that particular Vince Carter dunk...while jumping over Shaquille O’Neal.

But anyway, those were all appetizers. Here’s the main course. Comment along with us, if you decide to watch it! It’s not like there’s anything else on!