2020 All-Star game is best in recent years

2020 All-Star game is best in recent years

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The 2020 All-Star game was full of the same players and the same events as the last few years, but there were some things that made it way more entertaining than it has been recently. The games’ new format was able to bring in more competitiveness and grit than usual, and Kobe Bryant’s death was a factor in pushing the all-stars to perform at the highest level. 

Kawhi Leonard won the games’ MVP and the newly named “Kobe Bryant trophy,” off of a 30 point performance and after going 8-for-13 on threes. The game was decided by two points and was close through all four quarters. Anthony Davis was on Team Lebron and won the game off of a freethrow. 

The refs weren’t expecting to have a tough job on all-star night, which is usually lackadaisical, but they were tested to the limits when players started getting intense and expecting them to make calls. 

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were representing the Utah Jazz in the game and both had solid performances. Gobert was able to score 21 points and had 11 rebounds, while Mitchell had 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. 

Next year will be different, but hopefully the intensity will carry over to next year and continue to make the all-star game an entertaining event.