The festivities are under way and the 2018 NBA All-Star Game is tomorrow Sunday, February 18 at 8pm at the Staples Center in Los Angeles hosting the game for a record sixth time. The 67th All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages through the NBA’s international television and digital partners. This will mark the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Under the new format, team captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. Dwane Casey of The Raptors will coach LeBron’s team and actually oppose DeRozan and Lowry who will play for Team Curry coached by Mike D’Antoni. LeBron James is the leading scorer in All-Star Game history with 314. Team LeBron (playing for After-School All-Stars Los Angeles) and Team Stephen (Brotherhood Crusade) will combine to donate 500,000 to community-based organizations, with the winning team’s organization receiving $350,000 and the losing team’s receiving $150,000. The San Antonio Spurs, represented by LaMarcus Aldridge, have had at least one player selected to 20 consecutive All-Star Games, the NBA’s longest active streak. Stephen Curry will be the first player in Warriors history to start 5 straight All-Star Game. 11-time Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will perform at halftime at the All-Star Game. Justin Bieber was a last minute addition to the Ruffles Celeb Game and played for Team Lakers but only scored 4 points. He was the MVP when he participated in 2011. The Lakers also featured Nick Cannon, Tracy McGrady, Jerry Ferrara and more. Quavo was the captain of Team Clippers and was chosen MVP with 19 points. Common and Jamie Fox played for the Clippers and Olympic Sprinter Andre DeGrasse had a strong game with 17 points as they defeated the The Lakers 75-66.
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