East Surges Past West In All-Star Game, Anthony Davis Plays Well In Debut
In the highest scoring NBA All-Star game of all-time, the East surged past the West late, capturing a 163-155 win.
The West held an 18 point lead at one point Sunday night, enjoying a bevy of points from Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Both players finished with 38 points, 4 shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game scoring record set in 1962. Michael Jordan dropped 40 in 1988. Griffin’s 19 baskets is an All-Star game record.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (pictured) played well in his All-Star debut. At 20 years old, he’s the 7th youngest All-Star participant in the game’s history. Admitting he was a little nervous, he didn’t log big minutes, only clocking 10 total. Did he want to play more?
“I mean, of course, but I wasn’t mad. I just wanted my team to win,” said Davis. “I wasn’t expecting to play a lot of minutes in my first All-Star game.”
However, in 4 minutes on the floor in the first half, he gave his hometown crowd a few reasons to smile. His first shot attempt, a 21 footer, sailed through the net. His next 3 shots were high flying alley-oops. He added one more dunk in the 2nd half, before ending his night with 10 points, 2 steals, and 1 rebound. Despite losing the game, Davis enjoyed himself.
“It was probably was of the most fun times of my life,” explained Davis.
When asked what he’d remember most about his first All-Star experience, he gave the same answer when asked what he loved most about the game.
“That it was here in New Orleans. There were a lot of fans that were out here supporting me.”
For the winning Eastern Conference, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving dropped 31 points, 24 of them coming in the 2nd half. He added 14 assists as well. Irving was named the game’s MVP for his efforts.
“It’s a great honor,” said a smiling Irving. “We had a few MVPs. Everyone out here today is an MVP.”
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony set a new All-Star game record for 3 pointers with 8, finishing the night with 30 points. LeBron James scored 22.
In addition to Griffin and Anthony’s All-Star game records, 9 more new records were set, including total points (318), team points (East 163), field goals (135), team field goals (East 70), total 3s (30), team 3s (West 16), total 3 attempts (100), team 3 attempts (West 56), and total assists (88).