LeBron James switches hands on the alley-oop, takes early All-Star highlight lead (Video)

Entering Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, basketball fans had their eyes on an anticipated matchup between superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant. While these players face off twice during the season — including on Thursday — and the ASG typically involves little in the way of high-intensity competition, LeBron and Durant are currently at the top of the league's hierarchy. With Durant the favorite to stop James's run of two straight MVP awards, Sunday's game presents another chance to compare the two mega-stars.

Early on, at least LeBron grabbed the most attention of the two. Minutes into the game, James started a four-on-one fast break — yes, they don't play much defense here — found Carmelo Anthony with a pass, and ran towards the hoop for a certain alley-oop. The finish was pretty sensational:

For those who didn't notice, that's a transfer from the right hand (and the right side of the rim) to the left hand for a strong slam. It may look simple, but part of what makes LeBron so amazing is his ability to make the difficult seem like child's play. This is yet another example of it.

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