Davis Breaks Scoring Record as West Beats East
The 66th annual NBA All-Star Game was most definitely a thriller to say the least.
Lots of dunking, lots of highlights, and very little defence, if any at all. When all the smoke cleared, it was the Western All-Stars who came out on top, handing the East the 192-182 loss.
Anthony Davis led the pack, dropping an All-Star record 52-points, picking up 10-boards in the process.
“It was amazing,” said Davis, the game’s Most Valuable Player. “That’s what I wanted to do. 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 this city, and I ended up doing it. Them guys did a great job of just finding me, giving me the basketball. They wanted me to score 50.”
Aside from Davis’ explosion, Russell Westbrook had his usual All-Star Sunday night, putting up 41-points, five-boards, and dishing out seven-dimes. His former teammate and new best friend Kevin Durant did his best Westbrook impression, putting together a 21-10-10 triple-double, with one of his assists going to ‘Brodie’ on an electrifying alley-oop dunk that set Twitter ablaze.
“Having fun…” said Westbrook following the game. “That’s the best part. Just going out to compete and have fun.”
Westbrook unsurprisingly would later snub reporters when questions referring to his momentary interaction with Durant arose. Durant would follow suite, drawing attention away from the two former teammates’ kumbaya moment.
“Yeah, it was a good play. Good catch. Good finish”.
Not to be one-upped, the East logged in quite a few stellar individual performances.
Of course, LeBron James had another spectacular night, putting up 23-points in the losing effort. A few highlight reel dunks and a half-court three for ‘The King’ left his night pretty memorable one would think. The two Raptors, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry represented Toronto rather well too, putting up 16 and 19 respectively on the evening.
Most notably on the Eastern side, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a night to remember. The first time All-Star scored 30-points, and nearly tore down the rim on a few ferocious dunks. I don’t know if there is a feeling worse than blowing a 3-1 NBA Finals lead, but what ‘The Greek Freak’ did to two-time league MVP Steph Curry may have felt worse.
“I was just having fun.” Explained Giannis after his All-Star debut. “As I said in the past, just trying to live in the moment. Just being out there next to the guys, it was fun. It was fun. I told the coach I’m going to play hard no matter what. That’s the only thing I know how to do.”
For all the defensive purists, this was not the game for you. The West shot 59% for the game, while the East shot 57% from the field. Both teams combined for 43 three-pointers and half a million dunks. Both teams dished out an incredible 103-assists between each other.
Will either team score 200-points next year?