The voting season for the NBA All-Star is upon us!
With the voting for the NBA All-Star Game beginning on Christmas Day, fans now have the opportunity to select the players they believe should start at the 2023 NBA All-Star Game to be held in Cleveland, Ohio. When prospective All-Stars deliver voting-worthy performances, we’ll be sure to get their attention with our “NBA All-Star Moment of the Night” series to highlight the players who deserve it.
You can vote for your NBA All-Stars 2023 here, or find other ways to vote here.
Saturday night’s All-Star moment (January 8) goes to Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis.
Against one of the best teams in the league, the Utah Jazz, which welcomed most of their top rotation players, the 6-foot-11 Lithuanian-American scored a career-high 42 points in a super efficient 18 of -22 shots from the field.
This is the first time he’s ever crossed the 40-point threshold, with his previous high of 36. Just take a look at his in-game shooting chart, there’s a lot of green in there!
He started hot early, scoring 17 points in the first period with a perfect 7 of 7. Then, after two quiet interim quarters when he scored only 13 combined, he scored 12 in the fourth and final period as the Pacers withstood a strong comeback from the visitors. .
Along with his points tally, Sabonis also posted six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes of action.
RT TO VOTE DOMES ⭐️
42 PTS (career high)
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– Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 9, 2023
His performance along with Lance Stephenson’s double-double of 16 points and his career-high 14 assists helped the Pacers get back into the win column, snapping a six-game losing streak. With this victory, Indiana improves to 15-25 for the season, which is a somewhat disconcerting record given the talent at his disposal on his roster.
Nothing can be changed, but if some plays were otherwise, things would have been very different for the Pacers, with 11 of their 25 losses coming by a margin of five points or less.
Sabonis, who has been an All-Star for the past two seasons, has a case for being in Cleveland’s star-studded game with season averages of 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists on 57.5 percent from the field.
Earlier this season, he had a career-high triple-double with 25 rebounds. He can certainly make a late run, certainly for the Eastern reserve roster as he fires up the Pacers for the next two weeks.
In the early results of the 2023 NBA All-Star voting, Sabonis was not among the top 10 vote-winners among the East’s front-row players.
You can vote for Domantas Sabonis for the NBA All-Star Game 2023 here.