Anthony Davis set a new single-game scoring record with 52 points in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record, but the New Orleans Pelicans star said he now has one of Chamberlain's other records in his sights. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me".
The West All-Stars celebrated their accomplishment shortly after.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray made three consecutive 3-pointers in a 30-second span inside the final three minutes, part of a 27-point second-half barrage, to power the World team to a 150-141 victory over the USA squad in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night at the Smoothie King Center. If the pair were electric on the same team together a year ago, imagine the result of 50 regular season games next to each other.
Kerr said coaches at the All-Star Game are so useless, it's as though they're stand-ins for the movie "Weekend at Bernie's".
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Instead of answering questions about Durant, Westbrook said, "Man, you know what?"
But the All-Star Game is a celebration of the National Basketball Association, and its two youngest players - Davis and Antetokounmpo - showed where the league is headed. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights - a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk. "So I was just playing", Murray said after the game. Each year, the first half seems to regress into the defensive players refusing to move and let the aerial show go on uninterrupted. "What just happened?" Then, as Westbrook and Durant came back to the bench a few seconds later during a stoppage in play, DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green surrounded them and mock cheered the two stars for the play. The first two quarters of the match will surely witness such skills from both the camps, and the fans in New Orleans will be treated to a major spectacle, but make no mistake, these players, despite all the fun, will have their eyes in ending the match on a winning side. Irving also had a game-best 14 assists. Stephen Curry shouted on the West bench, which erupted into celebration. He played in 18:11 of the total 40 minutes in the game, and can only be expected to play more given his extensive experience in this game. Perhaps rightfully so, as their rookie center Joel Embiid was snubbed from the All-Star game with Paul Millsap taking his place.
Well-known former players in attendance included Bill Russell, Julius Erving, George Gervin, Allen Iverson, Magic Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Bob Pettit, Willis Reed and Dominique Wilkins.