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Milwaukee Assists Big for 2020 All-Star Weekend

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Team LeBron Narrowly Defeats Team Giannis

One of the most successful NBA All-Star games took place Sunday night at the United Center. With one of the most competitive games any have seen, the NBA should feel great moving forward with the new format. In a back-and-forth affair, Team LeBron narrowly edged Team Giannis 157-155.

Of course, throughout the weekend and Sunday evening it was all about Chicago. The city and its community came together to celebrate the league’s best for the first time since 1988. Chicago alums such as Chance The Rapper, Common, Dwyane Wade, and even President Barack Obama made an appearance to show their love for the Windy City. In reality though, if you took a real hard look at the events and what took place, Milwaukee was all around.

White Men Can Jump

From the game itself to Saturday night’s events, Milwaukee made a splash into All-Star weekend. Pat Connaughton finally laced up his sneakers to participate in the Dunk Contest. While most were focused on Aaron Gordon’s return, Planet Pat brought the theatrics. For his first attempt, he not only brought out the former NL MVP in Milwaukee’s own Christian Yelich, he also donned a similar outfit to ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ character Billy Hoyle. By leaping over Yelich and connecting on his first attempt, many believed Pat’s first score of 45 was well underscored, judging by the boos coming from the crowd.

An MVP Assist

For Connaughton’s second attempt, he brought out another Milwaukee MVP in his teammate, Giannis Antetokounmpo. After two attempts, Pat successfully jumped over Giannis to grab the ball and bounce it off the backboard before slamming it home. At first, the crowd had to do a double take, but once the replay came in and saw what occurred, many were blown away. It is already impressive jumping over a seven-foot grown man, but to be able to add a little extra afterward earned Pat his first 50. Unfortunately it was not enough to advance him to the final round, but this young Buck definitely made his mark on Saturday night.

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Middleton’s Second Time Around

Khris Middleton began his weekend’s festivities partaking in the Saturday night Skills Challenge. He would defeat Los Angeles’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the first round before falling short to Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis in the semifinals. Middleton’s weekend didn’t end there though, as he made an appearance on behalf of Team Giannis. He logged 23 minutes, scoring five points with two assists and one rebound. Even though most eyes were on the Greek Freak, it was a great feeling to see Middleton by his side once again.

Giannis Steals The Show Again

All weekend long, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the star of the show. From media day to Sunday night’s game, he was the player to watch. From a great showing last year to what seems an even better one this time around, the Greek Freak is here to impact NBA All-Star weekend for years to come. With each team’s charity on the line, both sides stepped it up to make it a game for the ages. The extended fourth-quarter battle came down to the free-throw line, where Anthony Davis connected on one of two shots.

Walking Highlight Reel

After a a first-quarter loss, Giannis took over the game from that point on. Finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two huge blocks. Giannis almost took home the newly-named Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award, but it ultimately went to Kawhi Leonard after LeBron’s win. Two of the biggest highlights of the night came down to Antetokounmpo and LeBron James one on one, both ending with two stellar blocks for Giannis. Although it did not end up as a victory for the MVP, it is clear to see that the exposure of what he has done this past weekend puts him right at the top of the league, as if he wasn’t there already.

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It’s The Little Things

It wasn’t just the Bucks players who were making All-Star weekend shine, it was other parts of Milwaukee as well. Starting with Bango getting a shoutout from Giannis Antetokounmpo for his talents throughout the weekend, others from the organization also took center stage. Bucks in-game host Melanie Ricks represented Milwaukee by hosting Sunday’s All-Star Game. Out of all the in-game hosts in the league, it’s an incredible feature that Milwaukee’s own was honored with hosting duties.

It truly is the little things that matter when it comes to this game. From the players coming together to have fun and relax to playing for local charities, it is always great to see some of the league’s best come together and honor what they stand for and the teams they represent. There will be no NBA games until Thursday, but once it hits, it’s no holding back. The Bucks will continue to pave their way to what hopes to be the NBA Finals. A break was well deserved, but it is now time to get back to work. There are different trophies to be won.

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About Melissa Colton

Melissa was born and raised in West Allis, WI, but currently resides in Milwaukee. She is a veteran of the United States Army and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. She has worked in both the sports and music industry. Anything from Wisconsin, sports, food, and beer is her happy place.

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