Anthony Davis Scores Record 52 Points, West Beats East 192-182 In 2017 NBA All-Star Game
Anthony Davis had a big night in New Orleans on Sunday, scoring a record-breaking 52 points on 39 shots to lead the Western Conference to a 192-182 victory over the East in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
Anthony Davis Scores Record 52 Points for west in NBA All-Star Game
The 23-year-old Pelicans power forward, playing in his home arena, broke the record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Davis scored 22 of his points in the first half, a game-high. He joins Kobe Bryant (2011), Shaquille O’Neal (2004, 2009), Karl Malone and John Stockton (1993), and Michael Jordan (1988) as the only players in recent memory to win All-Star MVP in front of their home crowd, according to Basketball-Reference.
— NBA (@NBA) February 20, 2017
Russell Westbrook, who was seeking his third straight All-Star MVP honors, added 41 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the West, including seven 3-pointers. However, West coach Steve Kerr subbed Westbrook out of the game for the final minutes but left Davis in, and the latter scored eight more points.
Westbrook’s highlights included an alley-oop dunk set up by his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, Kevin Durant.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East team with 30 points on 17 shots, and dunked on Stephen Curry. LeBron James contributed 23 points, and Kyrie Irving added 14 assists.
Again, this is not how you treat a two-time MVP, Giannis. Draymond Green & DeAndre Jordan with all of the yikes here pic.twitter.com/GTZl28Kaij
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 20, 2017
Both teams shot better than 56 percent from the field and combined for 374 points, the most in NBA All-Star Game history.
The honor is the first NBA trophy for Davis, who finished fifth in regular-season MVP voting after the 2014-15 season.
“It was a lot of fun,” Davis said. “My teammates did a great job of looking for me.”
Davis also added 10 rebounds.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 19: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.