NBA All-Star Game 2017: Durant, Westbrook find peace in high-scoring affair
Feb 20 2017 by Bridget Leonard
The 66 All-Star game, which is going to take shape at the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, fought between the Western Conference and Eastern Conference in the past, has produced some high-scoring clashes, and this match is expected to follow a similar pattern. But two players stood out from all the rest, as Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook both caught fire and threatened to break Wilt Chamberlain's long-standing record for most points scored in an All-Star Game when he dropped 42 points in 1962. The game also established records for total points (384), most field goals (162), most assists (103), most assists by one team (West with 60), most points in one quarter (101, first) and so on.
Wall also added four assists and four steals in the game. Stephen Curry laid down on the court at one point while Giannis Antetokounmpo was driving in for what became one of his 12 dunks. This game truly gave the fans, who paid exorbitant amounts of money for seats, their money's worth of entertainment.
The major storyline surrounding the game involves Durant and Russell Westbrook potentially share the floor as teammates for the first time since the 2013-14 NBA MVP took his talents to the Bay Area.
The Wizards get back in action this Friday with a road match against the Philadelphia 76ers. James, who is 32 and has played in 13 All-Star games, hasn't past any torches to anyone just yet as far as being the NBA's standard bearer.
"My teammates did a great job of looking for me", Davis said.
Davis heard from the P.A. announcer that he broke Chamberlain's record and after that, everyone tried to help him get to 50, which he did with 2:47 left on an alley-oop dunk from Steph Curry.
Facebook Live will play a central role in bringing the weekend's National Basketball Association events to fans.
Asked about the pass to Westbrook, Durant said, "Yeah, it was a good play". This was the third year the teams of first- and second-year players were divided up on the basis of USA versus global. Westbrook has three 30-point games, tied with Bryant for second in All-Star Game history.
"As he made clear today, he was trying to be provocative, and I think it was effective", Silver said.
As ESPN points out at the above link, Towns is likely to join Shaquille O'Neal as the only players age 21 or younger to average at least 23 points and 11 rebounds per game. Although it definitely stinks that the Sixers don't have a player in the actual All-Star game, their heavy all-around participation in the weekend shows that in a few years, there's a good chance the Sixers will have multiple players in the big game.