The 2017 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday (Feb. 19) was the Anthony Davis show, with the New Orleans Pelicans star going off for 52 points — a new NBA record.
The 23-year-old took an All-Star record 39 shots, leading the West to victory over the East… and earning the highest-scoring All-Star Game in league history. The previous record was 42, set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Davis also had 10 rebounds.
“Coach [Alvin] Gentry already told me every time I catch it to put it up,” Davis said after the game. It was his fourth straight selection for the All-Star Game.
Davis let his teammates know he wanted MVP honors before the game even started. “I stressed that, I think more than enough, to the guys in the locker room before the game that I wanted to get the MVP for this crowd, for the city, and I ended up doing it,” he said. “Them guys did a great job of just finding me, giving me the basketball. They wanted me to score 50. Every time, Kawhi [Leonard] was like, ‘Six more points.’ Or James [Harden] was like, ‘I’m going to pass you the ball.'”
In all, there was 374 points scored between both teams — the most in NBA All-Star Game history, surpassing the previous high of 369 set last season.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was also going for MVP, scoring 41 points, alongside 7 assists and 5 rebounds, while Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East with 30 points.