The Eastern Conference All-Stars lost to the Western Conference, 192-182 on Sunday Night in New Orleans. Pelicans center Anthony Davis scored an NBA-record 52 points for the hometown crowd while Russell Westbrook scored 41 points off the bench in the victory.
Yes, the play of the game was a Westbrook to Kevin Durant alley oop midway in the first quarter after a drama-filled weekend around the two former teammates. But along the way, John Wall scored 12 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He made two dunks in the first quarter and made this alley oop as an exclamation mark in the third:
Wall also added four assists and four steals in the game.
Some other notable points:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East’s scorers with 30 points. His highlight was a putback dunk over Stephen Curry in the third quarter. It’s so good that I have to embed this!
- Kyrie Irving did his best John Wall impression by scoring 22 points and dishing 14 assists. He also made 6 of 8 threes. He made a notable alley oop pass to LeBron James early in the game.
Though Wall wasn’t the All-Star Game MVP -- Davis was — it’s a good thing to see him show his skills in an internationally covered event like this.
The Wizards get back in action this Friday with a road match against the Philadelphia 76ers. The trade deadline is on February 23, or this Thursday, so there’s a chance that the Wizards could have an additional piece (or two) as they start their playoff push.