The 66th NBA All-Star weekend is in the rear view mirror now!
For the third consecutive year in a row, the Western Conference All-Stars defeat the Eastern Conference All-Stars by a score of 192 to 182.
With a combined total of 374 points, this marks the highest scoring game in NBA All-Star Game history and the highest scoring NBA game ever beating out the old record set on 13 December 1983 when the Detroit Pistons defeated the Denver Nuggets in 3 overtimes by a score of 186 to 184.
The winning record of 192 points marks the second highest score for a winning team...preferably the Western Conference All-Stars.
#23 Center, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans wins the 66th NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award and gets to drive home his new 2017 Kia Sorento! He earned the MVP honours for scoring a record 52 points with 10 rebounds (4 offensive and 6 defensive rebounds), 26 of 39 field goals, 1 turnover, 2 steals and 1 personal foul. He played for 31 minutes and 50 seconds.
The previous record was set in the 12th NBA All-Star Game when Wilt Chamberlan (1936-1999) of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 42 points.
Records were once again broken in this year's NBA All-Star Game. 101 points were scored just in the 1st quarter alone and 189 points were scored in the first half. East All-Stars tied the record with 53 points. In the first half, the West had 34 assists and the East had 43 assists with 83 combined field goals.
Throughout the game, #36 Forward, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors scored 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, thus making the 4th triple-double in All-Star game history.
Through out the second half, 185 more combined points were scored and 57.9% or 162 of 280 combined field goals were made in tonight's All-Star Game.
This year's 66th NBA All-Star Game was held at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, the home of the New Orleans Pelicans. The attendance record was 15,701. Time of the game lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes.
The game was originally planned to be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, the home of the Charlotte Hornets. If the game had remained in Charlotte, it would have been the second time that the city hosted the All-Star Game in 1991 at the now-demolished Charlotte Coliseum. However, on 19 August 2016, the host city had to be pulled out of Charlotte, because of the controversy surrounding North Carolina's HB2 bill, better known as the "bathroom bill".
The 66th NBA All-Star Game was the first major sporting event to be relocated for political reasons since 13 March 1990 during the NFL's annual meeting. In that instance, the NFL had to relocate Super Bowl XXVII from the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona to the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, California, because the state of Arizona did not recognise Martin Luther King, Jr. as a holiday.
New Orleans previously hosted the All-Star Game in 2008 and 2014. With the rumours confirmed to be true with a press release, the NBA is saying that the hope to award Charlotte the All-Star Game in 2019.
The Canadian National Anthem, "O Canada" was performed by Nikki Yarofsky and the National Anthem was performed by Joe Batiste. The halftime show was performed by John Legend.
Since the All-Star Game's inception in 1951, the Western Conference All-Stars lead the series with 47 wins and 19 losses.
Next year's 67th NBA All-Star Game will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. As it was announced on 22 March 2016, this will be the sixth time that Los Angeles will host the All-Star Game. Southern California previously hosted All-Star games in 1963, 1972, 1983, 2004 and most recently in 2011. Los Angeles alone previously hosted 3 out of 5 All-Star games.
Congratulations once again to the Western Conference All-Stars for winning the 66th NBA All-Star Game. Enjoy the second half of the 2016-2017 NBA regular season which will resume on Thursday night.