Anthony Davis Shines, West Beats East In Record Scoring NBA All Star Game
If someone tells you there was defense played in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday, they would be starting a dirty rumor.
The NBA All-Star game is a showcase for the best players in the world to put on a show for the fans. They did.
Setting a new All-Star game record for points in a game with 369, the West defeated the East 196-173 in Toronto.
Kobe Bryant played in his last All-Star game, his 18th overall. The Lakers star finished with 10 points and 7 assists.
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was impressive, throwing down high flying alley oop dunks on lobs from Chris Paul. Davis ended the game with 24 points on 12-13 shooting, 7 dunks and 6 boards in only 15 minutes of play.
With a little more playing time, Davis may have earned All-Star game MVP honors.
That honor went to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook for the second consecutive season. Westbrook finished with a team-high 31 points and team-high 8 rebounds.
Golden State Warriors guard and league MVP Steph Curry finished with 26 points, including a final three pointer from halfcourt in the final seconds of play. He stated over the weekend he would hit a halfcourt heave during the game. He came through on his promise.
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George led all scorers with 41.
The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday. Several teams will be making moves. At 20-33, the Pelicans could potentially be a team making trades for the long-term future rather than the present.
Davis and the Pelicans will enjoy a few more days of rest before getting back to play this Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers.