2/19/2018 12:39:38 PM

Player-captain James claims All-Star Game MVP

Player-captain James claims All-Star Game MVP

Los Angeles: LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to capture his third career NBA All-Star Game MVP as Team LeBron stormed from behind to beat Team Stephen 148-145.

James, who was also MVP in 2006 and 2008, made 12 of 17 field goal attempts in 31 minutes of playing time at Staples Center arena in downtown Los Angeles.

"I need to continue to show myself because every time I step on the floor I have to lead my guys or prove to myself that I am still able to play at a high level. I feel great," said James, who is the All-Star Game's all-time leading scorer with 343 points in 14 appearances.

James's three MVPs ties him with Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Shaquille O'Neal. Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit each won the award four times.

James acted as the player-captain this year under a new selection format designed to eliminate the all-star game blowouts of the past few years.

It paid off mightily as Sunday's contest was highlighted by high-flying slam dunks, clutch defensive stops down the stretch and even a video review that went against James but their offensive juggernaut from claiming victory.

"It definitely worked out," James said. "It worked out for not only the players, but the league and the fans, everybody."

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