All-Star Weekend was in New Orleans this year and who better to take home the final game’s MVP Award than Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans Center scored a game-high and record 52 points in the West’s 192-182 victory. Davis’ 52 beat out Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 All-Star Game output when he put in 42 points.
At the half, Davis had 22, so he had already been hot before his teammates began lobbing him the ball more and more to get him the record. Russell Westbrook almost also broke the record, coming up a point short with 41.
Speaking of Westbrook, another storyline emerged when Kevin Durant lobbed an alley-oop to the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard in the first quarter. It may’ve been just an incredible play (that got Allen Iverson out of his seat), but hey, maybe it mended the fences between the two a little.
"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said after the game. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."
"It was a great basketball play,” Durant added. “He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."
KD may be a Golden State Warrior now, but on the court success can heal some things. He himself had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East All-Stars with 30 points while LeBron James scored 23 to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career.
Alley-oops in general stole the show for the most part (as often times it does in the All-Star Game). In that sense Twitter reacted and wanted to know where the defense was. Obviously, it was non-existent, but how much can one expect to see it in what is essentially a vacation game. It’s called the “All-Star break” right?
See some of the top highlights as well as reaction to the game below.
Anthony Davis has set a new All-Star Game record for points scored: 44. Wilt Chamberlain held the old record of 42, set in 1962.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) February 20, 2017
Crowd started chanting, "Defense" near the West bench. DeAndre Jordan begged them to stop.— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 20, 2017
The East without LeBron in this 4th Quarter looks just like the Cavs without LeBron.— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 20, 2017
They really traded Boogie... AD just scored 52 in the all-star game.. Pelicans finna be another cheat code on 2k. 😂— DJ Spoon, M.Ed. (@Uncle_DJSpoon) February 20, 2017
When mom and dad drag you to the All-Star Game... pic.twitter.com/5RVE21RwBu— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) February 20, 2017
this is legit the most excited i have ever been to see what happens in an all-star game -- thank you so much russell and KD— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 20, 2017
No one wants Buddy Hield, fam. He needed 22 shots to score 28 points in an All-Star Game where no one played any defense. YAWN.— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) February 20, 2017