Los Angeles, the home of Hollywood, played host to the 2018 All-Star Weekend and boasted the biggest celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Beyonce, Diddy, DJ Khaled and Kevin Hart. The 67th NBA All-Star Game debuted its new format that featured team captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry at Staples Center on Sunday night (Feb. 18) in Los Angeles. The All-Star game concluded with a 148-145 victory for Team LeBron as the culminating event of an action-packed weekend.
“I think L.A. is a perfect place to host All-Star Weekend,” James told the L.A. Sentinel. “It’s built for stars. It’s built for entertainment. It’s built for cameras and bright lights, and it’s a great place for it.”
James earned his third NBA All-Star MVP honor. He scored a game-high 29 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists in front of a star-studded crowd including “Black Panther” breakout star Chadwick Boseman, who sat courtside for the All-Star matchup.
It was the first time in 13 years that a host city did not have a player in the game from one of its home teams. Neither a Clippers nor Lakers player made the cut. During halftime, several living Lakers legends were honored along with other NBA greats. The list included Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Julius Erving, Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell, whom between them have 90 All-Star appearances and 28 championships.