Chris Paul and Anthony Davis are skilled in the practice of the lob

Chris Paul and Anthony Davis are skilled in the practice of the lob

Western Conference center Anthony Davis (23) scores against the Eastern Conference during the second half of the NBA All-Star Game.

(Chris Young / Associated Press)

DeAndre Jordan might have been getting a little jealous.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul found a new lob partner in the All-Star game Sunday at the Air Canada Centre, repeatedly connecting with New Orleans’ Anthony Davis during the West’s 196-173 victory over the East.

Seven of Paul’s game-high 16 assists involved Davis, including back-to-back lobs for dunks late in the first quarter.

“When you play with athletic guys like that,” Paul said, “it’s always fun.”


Paul overtook Isiah Thomas for second place on the all-time All-Star game assist list with 106, trailing only Magic Johnson’s 127. When Paul had nine assists by halftime, it looked as if he had a chance to break Johnson’s single-game record of 22 assists set in 1984.

“I know it’s in reach,” said Paul, who also had 14 points and four rebounds. “I plan on getting it at some point. But when you don’t start, you don’t get as many minutes.” Paul’s average of 13.3 assists per game is the highest in All-Star game history.

Drawing it up

San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich ceded play-calling duties to his players from the West during timeout huddles, which didn’t go as poorly as one might think.


Popovich said Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins designed a play that actually worked.

“We gave him the clipboard and he said, ‘Get out of my way, go flat on the baseline and I’m shooting it,’ and he made the three,” Popovich said. “That might be the only one that worked all night long.”

Local heroes


Kobe Bryant, in his final All-Star game, wasn’t the only player to be treated like a hometown favorite.

Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan also received hearty applause while playing in their own building in the first All-Star game held outside the U.S.

It was the first time a host city had two All-Star guards since the Lakers’ Gail Goodrich and Jerry West in 1972. Lowry finished with 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds and DeRozan had 18 points on nine-for-15 shooting.

“I think everybody got the feel of the energy that we witness every single night when we play as Raptors players,” said DeRozan, a Compton native who starred at USC. “I think all the guys really got insight on how in tune the city of Toronto and all of Canada is to basketball.”



Bryant recorded one steal to break a first-place tie with Michael Jordan for most steals in All-Star game history. Bryant has 38 steals to Jordan’s 37. … The dunk contest showdown that resulted in Minnesota’s Zach LaVine edging Orlando’s Aaron Gordon on Saturday peaked with an average of 7 million viewers, according to TNT officials, allowing it to make the broadcast a winner in its time slot across all of cable television.

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