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Giannis Antetokounmpo wins NBA All-Star MVP

Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was on Sunday named the NBA All-Star MVP after shooting a sensational 16 of 16 field shots.

The huge Bucks star had 35 points for Team LeBron who ghosted to a 170-150 victory over Team Durant.

Golden State star guard Steph Curry made an All-Star record seven 3s in the first half — some from near halfcourt — and finished with 28 points.

Damian Lillard matched Curry’s eight 3s and had 32 points, scoring the winning basket on a 3-pointer from just over halfcourt.

But Antetokounmpo shone brightest among the constellation of NBA royalties, picking up his first All-Star MVP in a game in which he became the first player in NBA history to shoot 100% from the field on 10 or more shots.

“Obviously, I’m extremely happy at just having the award with the name of Kobe Bryant in my house,” the two-time regular season MVP said.

“It’s a great feeling. I wanted to win the one last year really bad, and I had a chance to win because I felt like I wanted to have the trophy in my house. But this year I wasn’t even thinking about winning it. I was just thinking about having fun, and I had the opportunity to play well.”

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