Now that is how you put on a show for the hometown crowd when you’re hosting the NBA All-Star Game. Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis set an All-Star scoring record with 52 points (plus 10 rebounds) on his way to MVP honors Sunday night.
The game was in New Orleans, where the former No. 1 overall pick Davis is now a star for the Pelicans. He shattered the previous All-Star scoring mark of 42 set by legend Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.
“It’s amazing. That’s what I wanted to do it for, the city of New Orleans and the Pelicans organization,” Davis told TNT after the game. “It was a lot of fun playing with these guys. When I came out in the third quarter and had 32, I told the guys I wanted to get 50.”
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His All-Star teammates were happy to accommodate the host in a game featuring 374 combined points and very little defense. They set up Davis for several highlight-reel dunks. For winning MVP, he won a 2017 Kia Sorento for the charity of his choice.
Still just 23 years old, Davis also has a new piece of hardware for his already ridiculous trophy case. He won National Player of the Year, National Freshman of the Year, National Defensive Player of the Year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player in leading the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship.
Yes, if Kentucky basketball had its own version of Mount Rushmore, his face would be on it.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 20, 2017