The NBA All-Star Game is never devoid of personality, and 2019's iteration proved to be no different. The matchup between Team LeBron and Team Giannis was a high-scoring affair, as the All-Star Game typically is.
In the end, Team LeBron came away with a 178-164 win.
However, one of the most entertaining parts of the game
Oklahoma City’s Paul George on his stepback over James Harden.— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 18, 2019
PG: “Who was guarding me?”
PG: “I hit him with his s—-. ... I’ve got that in my package too. Ain’t no travels.”
George, who topped his opponent by totaling 20 points in the game compared to Harden's 12, is having a monster campaign, averaging 28.7 points per game to go with eight rebounds.
George's first season in Oklahoma City last year did not go as planned, but the small forward seems to have found his game this winter. Now, he wants to be considered among the league's strongest players, but without the faults in his game that he accuses Harden of possessing. George is a fantastic defender, and critics always like to point out Harden's extra steps that are seemingly never called.
Paul George did the James Harden stepback on James Harden pic.twitter.com/RE7buBhcSb— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 18, 2019
With the stretch between the All-Star Game and the beginning of the NBA playoffs set to begin on Thursday, both George's Thunder and Harden's Rockets look to keep up the momentum they have built thus far.
Should OKC and Houston meet in the postseason, expect some fireworks on and off the hardwood.