New Orleans hosts record breaking NBA All-Star weekend

The 66th annual NBA All-Star game exceeded expectations, as the western conference defeated the eastern 192-182.

Anthony Davis stole the show in New Orleans, as he smashed the record for most points scored in the All-Star game, with 52. That record had stood since 1962, when Wilt Chamberlain scored 42. This accolade was enough to earn him the MVP (most valuable player) award in front of a sell out crowd in his home town.

Anthony David playing for New Orleans in 2014.
Anthony David playing for New Orleans in 2014.

It became more apparent as the game went on that Chamberlain’s record would indeed be broken, it was just a case of whom it would be.

However it was west’ coach Steve Kerr who settled the situation by benching Russell Westbrook with five minutes left in the game, ensuring that Davis would be the man to earn the points.

However after another solid all-star match, Westbrook equalled his points total of 41 from two years ago, placing him third in the all time points scored rankings.

In the modern era the All-Star weekend showcases all of the best talent alongside being interactive for the fans who attend, featuring events such as a celebrity game, slam dunk competition and even a skills challenge.

The fan favourite ‘Slam dunk contest’ was this year claimed by Glenn Robinson III, of the Indiana Pacers, who outed defending champion Aaron Gordon. Thousands of fans flocked to the court to see the superstar players leap 10 feet in the air to smash the iconic orange ball through the hoop.

Next years’ festivities will be hosted in Las Angeles, California – and will take place over the weekend of February the 18th.