Mere minutes before he learned he'd be joining forces with one of the other most talented big men in the NBA on a full-time basis, New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis eclipsed one of the lofty marks set by the most statistically destructive center in league history: Wilt Chamberlain.
Davis accounted for 52 of the Western Conference's points in a 192-182 victory over the East in Sunday's All-Star Game, overtaking the Stilt's 42 points in the 1962 All-Star Game for the all-time record.
And he did it in the stadium he calls home: New Orleans' Smoothie King Center.
"I stressed that, I think more than enough, to the guys in the locker room before the game that I wanted to get the MVP for this crowd, for the city, and I ended up doing it," Davis said after the win. "The guys did a great job of just finding me, giving me the basketball. They wanted me to score 50. Every time, Kawhi [Leonard] was like, 'Six more points.' Or James [Harden] was like, 'I'm going to pass you the ball.'"
Not long after the final buzzer sounded, Davis learned his Pelicans had traded for Sacramento Kings All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins.