Former Kentucky All-American Anthony Davis scored 52 points Sunday night in New Orleans to claim MVP honors at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
Davis, who broke Wilt Chamberlain's record (42) for most points in the event, became only the second UK player to ever take home MVP honors. Adrian Smith won in 1966.
As part of his record-setting performance, Davis went 26-of-39 from the field and had 18 dunks. He also pulled down 10 rebounds in the West squad's 192-182 victory over the East.
“It’s amazing,” Davis said. “That’s what I wanted to do it for – for the city of New Orleans and the Pelicans’ organization. I love this city and these guys support us each and every night, so I wanted to get this for them.”
Former Cats John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins also played in the game. Wall had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the East. Cousins, who played only two minutes, had three points and a steal for the West.
After the game, Cousins was the subject of the league's hottest trade speculation as a rumored deal between Sacramento and New Orleans made the rounds. If it occurs, Cousins would join Davis with the Pelicans.
It was a banner weekend for UK alumni as Jamal Murray was also MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge after scoring a game-high 36 points and 11 assists.