Warriors fall to 76ers on anniversary of Wilt's 100-point game

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Warriors fall to 76ers on anniversary of Wilt's 100-point game

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Sixers 105, Warriors 83Player of the game: Backup point guard Lou Williams scored 25 points to help get Philly back on track. The Sixers had entered Fridays game losers of six of their past seven games.Were not good enough to turn it on and off, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Thats not who we are. We have to be on all the time. We have to be aggressive, play with force -- especially on the road. Key stretch: The Sixers used the first six minutes of the third quarter to gain some separation from the Warriors. After a tightly contested first half one in which Philly led 50-47 at intermission the Sixers began the third quarter on a 13-4 run to open up their biggest lead of the night at 63-51.We battled in the first half, down three at halftime and we were happy with that, Jackson said. I think at the start of the third quarter we didnt come out with force and they took control of the game and thats when they established their rhythm.

Udoh banged up: Warriors power forward Ekpe Udoh appeared to injure his right knee early in the fourth quarter. Udoh collided with a Philadelphias Thaddeus Young while going for a rebound.Udoh limped around the court for a little while before asking to come out of the game. Udoh went to the bench but did not go back to the locker room for treatment.Issues beyond arc: One of the staples for the Warriors this season has been their 3-point shooting. Its been one of the aspects of their game that has been reliable.Up until this road trip, that is.The Warriors shot 4-for-34 (11.7 percent) in their first two games on the trip and it didnt get much better in Game 3 at Philly. The Warriors missed eight of their first nine shots, but they were doing other things, and were down just 50-47 at halftime.For the first half, the Warriors were just 1-for-12 from 3-point range.Said Philadelphia coach Doug Collins: I thought we wore them down. Monta Ellis got off to a great start but as the game went on we kept on doing what we were doing. They made two late 3s, but other than that we defended the three well.Curry sits again: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry didnt play on Friday night because of a strained tendon in his right foot. It was the 11th game this season Curry has missed because of injury, but its more like the 12th.The reason: Curry played just three seconds against the Atlanta Hawks, as Jackson used him as decoy on a play designed for David Lee.

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

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NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. 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, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

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.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands 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 water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

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."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

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.

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East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... 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. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.

EMBIID CLOSE

Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.

CELEB WATCH

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.

UP NEXT

The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.