The Sixers must be attempting to stockpile their roster with NBA players who simply dominate the summer pro-am circuit. That's probably a good thing for the Winless For Wiggins crowd. First it was Spencer Hawes dropping 58 a couple of weeks ago and now it's newly acquired AU-mancrush Tony Wroten who dazzled with an array of fancy moves at the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am. The off-the-backboard-pass-to-yourself move gets me every time.
NEW ORLEANS -- Move over, Wilt. After 55 years, one of your records is no more.
Anthony Davis took care of that.
At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA's All-Star Game, Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday night. He made 26 of 39 shots, scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2011 to win MVP honors on his home floor.
"It was amazing," Davis said. "That's what I wanted to do ... get the MVP for this crowd, for this city. This one definitely means a lot to me."
Davis was the star of stars in a game where the teams combined for more points than in any other All-Star contest. It came on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo had more dunks -- 12 -- than his name has consonants and LeBron James became the first player to eclipse 300 points in an All-Star career.
Being linked to Wilt Chamberlain, who had 42 points in the 1962 game, only made it more special, Davis said.
"The next one I'm going to try to do is 100 points," Davis said.
He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes -- which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.
Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, thanks to his West teammates deferring to their host time and again.
"It shows our guys recognize what the weekend is about," West coach Steve Kerr said
Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West -- where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming. But Kerr said Cousins wanted only a brief appearance because of injury, and that Kawhi Leonard asked for the second half off as well.
Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East. James scored 23 -- including a 3-pointer from the midcourt logo -- while his Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving added 22 points and 14 assists.
"There were a few too many transition baskets allowed," East coach Brad Stevens deadpanned. "But I think that was strictly coaching."
Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.
If any animus remains between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights -- a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.
"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of ice water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.
"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said.
Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."
Kerr said that set the West up for the rest of the night.
"I guess that's kind of the beauty of the game," Kerr said. "You just let the game break the ice, and that play, I thought, broke the ice."
Westbrook scored 12 points -- all on 3s -- in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.
It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.
"He did a good job," Westbrook said, "and got it done."
East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East. Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.
West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam -- one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay.
A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.
It wasn't for him.
That happened to be the moment when John Legend - the halftime performer - and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.
Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.
The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.
NEW YORK -- Mats Zuccarello scored a third-period goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves, powering the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Capitals on Sunday.
Ryan McDonagh scored in the first period for New York, which has won seven of eight overall and five in a row at home.
Alex Ovechkin scored a second-period power-play goal for Washington. The first-place Capitals lost their second straight after a six-game winning streak. Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves for Washington.
Tied 1-1 entering the third period, Grubauer made two saves on Jimmy Vesey. Lundqvist answered with a nice glove stop on John Carlson's slap shot about seven minutes into the period.
Zuccarello broke the tie after Mika Zibanejad won a faceoff in the Washington zone and sent a pass to Chris Kreider. Kreider passed to Zuccarello, who beat Grubauer for his 12th of the season at 8:37 (see full recap).
Marchand's OT goal gives Bruins victory over Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway with 2:24 left in overtime and the Boston Bruins picked up where they left off before their six-day bye with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Ryan Spooner also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 4-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.
Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who have lost six of eight games heading into their bye week. Four of those losses came in overtime and another in a shootout, giving San Jose nine points during the span. Martin Jones made 25 saves.
The winning play started on a faceoff in the Bruins' defensive zone. Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff back to Torey Krug, who sent a stretch pass up ice that Marchand retrieved behind the Sharks defense. He skated in all alone on Jones and beat him (see full recap).
Strome's 2 goals lead Isles over Devils
NEW YORK -- Ryan Strome had two goals and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.
John Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas and Jason Chimera also scored to help the Islanders improve to 9-0-2 in their last 11 at home. Jean-Francois Berube stopped 26 shots as New York pulled into a tie with Boston for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins were playing at San Jose.
Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, Kyle Palmieri added a goal and an assist, and Miles Wood and Joseph Blandisi also scored for the Devils, who beat the Islanders 3-2 at home on Saturday night. Keith Kinkaid, starting for first time since Jan. 29, finished with 26 saves. New Jersey had won six straight on the road and were 8-0-1 in their last nine away from Prudential Center (see full recap).
Red Wings pull away in third to top Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek scored early third-period goals to lead the Red Wings to a 5-2 victory against the Penguins on Sunday.
Nick Jensen and Steve Ott also scored and Luke Glendening added an empty-netter for the Red Wings, who completed a back-to-back sweep of Washington and Pittsburgh, two of the top teams in the league. Petr Mrazek made 24 saves for his second win in as many days, having lost his previous four games.
Detroit defeated Washington in a shootout at home Saturday and followed with the win at Pittsburgh, the NHL's best home team. It was the Red Wings' second victory against Pittsburgh this season.
Detroit, which lost five straight before the weekend victories, remained near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but within striking distance of the final playoff spot.
Sidney Crosby scored his league-leading 32nd goal and Tom Kuhnhackl added his third with the Penguins short-handed. The Penguins lost in regulation for the first time since the All-Star break (see full recap).