NBA All-Star Game 2021 live score, updates, highlights from Team LeBron vs. Team Durant

Is everyone ready for NBA All-Star weekend? Well, let's call it All-Star night.

Instead of holding its typical All-Star events over multiple days, the league crammed everything into one evening. On Sunday, the best players from around the NBA will hit the floor at State Farm Arena in Atlanta with the skills competitions and All-Star Game all taking place over the course of a few hours.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the 2021 NBA All-Star Game as well as the Skills Challenge, 3-point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. Follow along right here to keep up with the All-Star action.

NBA ALL-STAR 2021: Full lineups for Team LeBron vs. Team Durant

NBA All-Star Game 2021 live score, updates, highlights

(All times Eastern)

All-Star Game (second half)

10:55 p.m. — Boom. Dame Time. Damian Lillard makes it a clean sweep for Team LeBron with a deep 3-pointer to hit the target score of 170.

10:40 p.m. — Donovan Mitchell beats the buzzer, but Team LeBron continues its run of dominance and takes yet another quarter. Team Durant trails by 21 points on the overall scoreboard heading into the final frame.

10:25 p.m. — Did Giannis Antetokounmpo call bank? We're going to need the on-court audio.

10:20 p.m. — Look at Kyrie Irving showing off the hops.

Slam Dunk Contest

10:05 p.m. — Anfernee Simons is the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest champion. The Trail Blazers guard secured the title with the "Almost Kissed" throwdown.

9:55 p.m. — A basic one-handed jam isn't enough for Cassius Stanley to advance. It's Anfernee Simons vs. Obi Toppin in the final round.

9:45 p.m. — Obi Toppin earns a 48 on his first dunk, and Anfernee Simons receives a 46. Hmmm . . . not sure about these scores so far.

9:40 p.m. — Cassius Stanley goes between the legs to kick off the Slam Dunk Contest, but the judges give him a 44. Man, we've got some tough evaluators here.

All-Star Game (first half)

9:35 p.m. — Team LeBron turns the second quarter into a 60-41 blowout after going on a wild 21-2 run. They take a 100-80 overall lead into the locker room. It turns out having two of the best shooters on the planet is a good thing.

9:20 p.m. — Zion Williamson, professional lob catcher.

9:10 p.m. — Chris Paul really wanted to win this jump ball.

9 p.m. — At the end of the first quarter, Team LeBron holds a 40-39 lead. Curry has 12 points and is feeling good after winning the 3-point Contest.

8:55 p.m. — OK, Steph. That's just silly.

8:45 p.m. — Why look at the basket when you already know what will happen?

8:35 p.m. — The first possession of the 2021 All-Star Game ends with a Nikola Jokic turnover, just as we all expected.

3-point Contest

7:50 p.m. — At the buzzer . . . bang! Stephen Curry hits the last money ball to beat Mike Conley by one point. Curry is now a two-time 3-point Contest champion.

7:40 p.m. — Stephen Curry blows away the rest of the field with a 31-point performance. He will face Mike Conley (28) and Jayson Tatum (25) in the final round.

7:30 p.m. — The 3-point Contest leaderboard after three shooters: Jayson Tatum (25), Zach LaVine (22) and Jaylen Brown (17). Coming up next: Mike Conley, Stephen Curry and Donovan Mitchell.

7:25 p.m. — Someone needs to tell Jaylen Brown that there are no 4-point plays in this contest.

Skills Challenge

7:05 p.m. — After finishing as the runner-up last year, Domantas Sabonis captures the Skills Challenge trophy.

"Wanted to make sure I got it done this time," Sabonis said.

7 p.m. — It's an all big man final round. Domantas Sabonis and Nikola Vucevic defeat Skills Challenge favorites Chris Paul and Luka Doncic.

6:55 p.m. — And here we go. Domantas Sabonis takes down Julius Randle in the first matchup of the evening. Then Nikola Vucevic eliminates Robert Covington to advance to the next round.

NBA All-Star Game start time

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Watch TNT

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will start at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 7. The Slam Dunk Contest will serve as the halftime entertainment for those watching the All-Star Game. 

Time (ET) Event
5 p.m. NBA All-Star Tipoff Show
6:30 p.m. Skills Challenge and 3-point Contest
8 p.m. All-Star Game
TBD Slam Dunk Contest (halftime of All-Star Game)

NBA All-Star rosters 2021

UPDATE: The NBA announced Sunday that Team Durant's Joel Embiid and Team LeBron's Ben Simmons have been ruled out of the All-Star Game in accordance with health and safety protocols. Zion Williamson will take Embiid's place in the starting lineup for Team Durant.

Team LeBron

Pick Player Team
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo* Bucks
2. Stephen Curry* Warriors
3. Luka Doncic* Mavericks
4. Nikola Jokic* Nuggets
5. Damian Lillard Trail Blazers
6. Ben Simmons 76ers
7. Chris Paul Suns
8. Jaylen Brown Celtics
9. Paul George Clippers
10. Domantas Sabonis Pacers
11. Rudy Gobert Jazz

*All-Star starters

Team Durant

Pick Player Team
1. Kyrie Irving* Nets
2. Joel Embiid* 76ers
3. Kawhi Leonard* Clippers
4. Bradley Beal* Wizards
5. Jayson Tatum** Celtics
6. James Harden Nets
7. Devin Booker*** Suns
8. Zion Williamson Pelicans
9. Zach LaVine Bulls
10. Julius Randle Knicks
11. Nikola Vucevic Magic
12. Donovan Mitchell Jazz
Mike Conley*** Jazz

*All-Star starters
**Tatum elevated to starter with Durant out (hamstring injury)
***Conley named replacement with Booker out (knee injury)

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