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Anthony Davis Wins 2017 NBA All-Star Game MVP: Stats, Highlights, Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Anthony Davis #23 of the Western Conference All-Star Team dunks the ball during the game against the Eastern Conference All-Star Team during the NBA All-Star Game as part of the 2017 NBA All Star Weekend on February 19, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Anthony Davis scored 52 points en route to earning the Most Valuable Player award at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday.

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#AnthonyDavis wins the 2017 #NBAAllStar MVP https://t.co/NXT8M7wPLi

This performance broke the all-time scoring record in the All-Star Game; Wilt Chamberlain held the previous mark with 42 points in 1962.

The Pelicans forward put on a show in front of his home crowd, leading the Western Conference to a 192-182 victory in a game that featured plenty of dunks and three-pointers but little defense.

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"That's who I wanted to do this for, the city of New Orleans and the Pelicans organization," Davis said of winning MVP, per Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com.

Davis kicked off the festivities with the first basket of the game, showing off his shooting ability on a step-back jumper:

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#TeamWEST strikes first courtesy of #AnthonyDavis! #NBAAllStar https://t.co/xgjkIXkbNh

While other stars such as Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo all made noteworthy plays in the first half, Davis impressed as well with 22 points at intermission.

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At one point in the second half, he played in a lineup with the four Golden State Warriors All-Stars, and it helped the West pull away a bit.

As the action continued, however, Skip Bayless of Fox Sports 1 described the biggest storyline:

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Now the best "game" is home-crowd favorite Anthony Davis vs Westbrook for MVP. Teammate shootout.

This was when it seemed everyone on the court did whatever he could to find Davis with a handful of alley-oops:

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#AnthonyDavis making sure he puts on for the city! 💪 #NBAAllStar #NOLA https://t.co/APrm01mlfp

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AD caps off his record setting night with the #NBAAllStar Play of the Night powered by @JBLaudio! https://t.co/jLFvgIlV8K

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Hometown Hero #AnthonyDavis sets a new #NBAAllStar game record with 44 points! https://t.co/r92lEFwrY3

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Why not? #AnthonyDavis now w/ 50+ PTS! https://t.co/LHdeBsHRRJ

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck added:

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It seems the players have restored the pseudo-tradition of setting up the hometown guy for the MVP award. Anthony Davis has 52 and 10. #mvp

Westbrook provided competition for the award with 41 points in just 20 minutes. Kevin Durant put up a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Antetokounmpo also had 30 points in a losing effort for the Eastern Conference.

However, winning MVP may not have been the best part of the night for Davis.

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans picked up fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round picks in 2017.

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