In yet another All-Star Game that was lacking defense, Anthony Davis put himself into the record books in front of his home crowd. Davis scored an All-Star Game record 52 points to lead the Western Conference over the Eastern Conference, 192-182. He was 26-of-39 from the field, scoring 20 points in the fourth to earn the game's MVP Award. He's the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2011 to do so on his home floor. The other headline was the Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant saga, as during pregame warmups, Westbrook was spotted on the other side of the floor alone, away from Durant. Although, the two reunited during the game for an alley-opp, which the Thunder point guard shot down saying "he threw up a lob, that's all that happened." Westbrook had 41 points in just 20 minutes, while Durant became the fifth player to record a triple-double in an All-Star Game. He finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the scoring for the East with 30, while LeBron James had 23 points in his 13th straight All-Star start.
Kings Deal Cousins to Pelicans in Blockbuster Trade
Since the All-Star Game was held in New Orleans, I guess it makes since that a blockbuster trade was made while all the stars were there. About an hour after the game came to an end, the rumors became true, as the Sacramento Kings agreed to deal big man DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings will receive Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and future first and second round picks. Omri Casspi is also reportedly heading to NOLA in the deal, which shocks and confuses many around The Association. The deal is expected to be submitted today for league approval. Both teams are in contention for a playoff spot in the West, but the pairing of Cousins and Anthony Davis could put the Pelicans ahead of the rest. New Orleans is also reportedly hopeful to sign Cousins to an extension for him to stay with the organization. Although, the big man's agent has said that the All-Star will not sign an extension with any team that trades for him. The deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST. The confusion surrounding this deal comes from both teams being well within playoff contention, and the Pelicans already having a big man superstar. Will the Davis-Cousins pairing help or hurt the Pelicans on the floor?
Crosby, Ovechkin Score in Losses
It was Hockey Day in America on Sunday, and the two top stars in the NHL were able to find the back of the net. Unfortunately for them, they both came in losing efforts. First, Alex Ovechkin netted his 27th goal of the year, but his Washington Capitals dropped their second straight in as many days, 2-1, to the New York Rangers. Mats Zuccarello's third-period goal was the difference, while Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in the win. Ryan McDonagh also scored for New York, who has won seven of eight overall, and five in a row at home. Ovechkin's goal came in the second period for his team's lone tally. In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby record his 32nd goal, but his Penguins fell to the Detroit Red Wings on their home ice, 5-2. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek each scored in the third to help Detroit pull away for their second straight win, both against the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division. Nick Jensen and Steve Ott, also scored, while Luke Glendening added an empty-netter in the victory. At 58 points, the Red Wings sit six points out for the final Wild Card spot, and will play host to the New York Islanders on Tuesday before their five-day break. Tom Kuhnhackl scored the other goal for the Penguins, who lost in regulation for the first time since the All-Star break.