Things got a little nuts scoring-wise at the NBA All-Star Game. What were the most amazing numbers to come from the competition?
The 374 combined points are the most in All-Star Game history, five more than the mark set last season.
MVP Anthony Davis‘ 52 points were an All-Star Game record by 10. The previous mark of 42 was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Davis and Chamberlain are the only players with 40 points and 10 rebounds in an All-Star Game.
Davis is the first All-Star MVP to come from the host team since Kobe Bryant in 2011. Others to have that distinction in the past 25 years are John Stockton and Karl Malone (1993) and Shaquille O’Neal (2004 and 2009).
This wasn’t the first time that Davis had a 50-10 game this season. He had 50 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to the Nuggets on opening night.
Russell Westbrook finished with 41 points, giving him 113 in the past three All-Star Games. That’s the most points by a player in the span of three All-Star Games. Elias Sports Bureau research shows that the previous mark of 104 was held by Durant (2012-14). Westbrook has three 30-point games, tied with Bryant for second in All-Star Game history. Durant leads in that stat with four.
The other item of note was that DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, the fewest by a player in an All-Star Game in 46 years. But as it turned out, there was a reason (and a trade) behind that.
A lot of dunks
There were a combined 75 dunks in Sunday’s game, 18 more than there were in last year’s All-Star Game.
The most combined dunks in a regular-season game this year is 19. Davis finished with 18, nearly matching that by himself. Davis had four more dunks than any team has had in a game this season.
There were 162 made field goals in the All-Star game — 155 of them were dunks, layups or 3-point shots.