Monday, February 20, 2017

Anthony Davis breaks Wilt's record

NEW ORLEANS -- Pelicans star Anthony Davis openly proclaimed ahead of Sunday's All-Star Game that he was going after the MVP award, and he didn't make his master plan on how to do so much of a secret.

"Coach [Alvin] Gentry already told me every time I catch it to put it up," said Davis upon being selected to his fourth straight spot on the Western Conference team.

The Western Conference All-Stars seemed to have no problems feeding Davis on his home floor at the Smoothie King Center.

Davis took an All-Star record 39 shots and scored 52 points to lead the West over the East at the 66th All-Star Game, 192-182 -- the highest-scoring game in league history.

The 23-year-old's point total smashed the previous record of 42, set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

"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," Davis 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.'"

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