The NBA All-Star Game has never been known for its defense and Sunday’s game was no exception. In fact, looking at the box score, you can tell that literally no defense was played. None. The two teams combined for 369 points, with the Western Conference tallying a remarkable 196. It was revealed after the game that the scoreboard in the Air Canada Centre only counts to 199.
The West by themselves took 149 shots, with 80 of them coming from behind the arc. They connected on 82 of their field goal attempts, which is another record, and their 31 threes made is a record as well.
Five Western Conference All-Stars scored more than 20 points: Kevin Durant (23), Russell Westbrook (31), Stephen Curry (26), Anthony Davis (24), and James Harden (23).
Westbrook’s 31 points led to him to his second straight ASG MVP award.
The East did their best to try and keep up with the outlandish pace, but ultimately they couldn’t. Their mark of 173 points scored is just as outrageous, but they lost because of the West’s great shooting from outside.
Of their 80 attempts, the West connected on 31 of them, giving them a percentage of about 39; the East shot about five percentage points worse, 33.9%, and only connected on 20 of their 59 attempts.
Several of the best scorers struggled for the East and Paul George carried a lot of the scoring load with 41 points — just one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s record. LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, and Kyle Lowry combined to shoot 15-of-37, 40.5%.
List of records broken at 2016 NBA All-Star Game:
- Most points by one team – 196 (West)
- Most combined points – 369
- Most points in a first half by one team – 92 (West)
- Most combined points in a first half – 182
- Most field goals made by one team – 82 (West)
- Most field goals made by both teams – 157
- Most field goal attempts by one team – 149 (West)
- Most field goal attempts by both teams – 286
- Most three-point field goals made by one team – 31 (West)
- Most three-point field goals made by both teams – 51
- Most three-point field goal attempts by one team – 80 (West)
- Most three-point field goal attempts by both teams – 139
- Fewest free throws made by one team – 1 (West)
- Fewest free throws made by both teams – 4
- Fewest free throws attempted by one team – 2 (West)
- Fewest free throws attempted by both teams – 7
*Photo Credit: Mark Blinch / The Canadian Press via AP*