The 66th NBA All-Star weekend was one for the record books. The East and West teams combined had 103 assists and 374 points, the most ever in history. The West led in scoring, rebounds, and assists. The East led by one point in steals and three pointers.
Russell Westbrook was on fire all night scoring 41 points for the second year in a row, coming up short again of Wilt Chamberlain’s 42 point All-Star record. In the first quarter, Kevin Durant, threw him an unexpected alley-oop that will mute spectators, or at least for now. On media day Friday, Westbrook avoided all questions about Durant by changing the subject to fashion week. The two made a great play for old time sake but being friends again maybe a bit of a stretch.
Despite Russell’s outstanding performance, it was Anthony Davis who stole the show on his home court by scoring a double double. Davis won MVP, his first NBA award, and led the West to a 192-182 victory. He had 10 rebounds and dropped a historic 52 points, the most in NBA All-Star history.
Pelican fans received more good news the same night when the trade for DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins from Sacramento to New Orleans was completed.
It was a dunk show indeed Sunday night in the Smoothie King arena. Steph Curry setup Davis for an off the backboard alley-oop and of course King James gave the fans something to cheer about after he lobbed the ball off the glass to himself and finished a hard backwards dunk.Even Curry was able to dunk unlike Isaiah Thomas who hung himself at the rim. He got his own rebound and made up for the miss with an easy, wide open three pointer.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Greek Freak, is only 22 years old, can play all 5 positions, and scored 30 points during his first All-Star appearance. The young All-Star put on a highlight show as he snatched an offensive rebound in the third quarter and slammed all over Steph. He dunked two more times during the game over the splash brother.
This years game will definitely go down as one of the best All-Star games and what an honor to have legendary Hall of famers Bill Russell and Earvin “Magic” Johnson there to watch. They were also honored before the game.