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All-Star Moment of the Night: Anthony Davis scores 50 for Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday's All-Star Moment of the Night belongs to Anthony Davis with a simple catch: there were too many moments to pick one.

Davis erupted for a season-high 50 points and dominated on seemingly every trip down the floor as the Los Angeles Lakers dismantled the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Scoring 50 in the purple and gold is a rite of passage of sorts for Lakers superstars and this was the first time doing it for Davis as a member of the Lakers. Neither Karl-Anthony Towns nor anyone else had an answer for Davis who shot 20-29 from the field with 17 of his 20 makes coming inside the paint.

His floater with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter gave Davis his fourth career 50-point game after he had three of them as a membe of the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis finished a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Davis is the 11th player in Lakers history to score at least 50, joining a list that includes Kobe Bryant (25), Elgin Baylor (17), Jerry West (5), George Mikan (4), Wilt Chamberlain (2), Shaquille O'Neal (2), LeBron James, Cedric Ceballos, Gail Goodrich and Rudy LaRusso.

Lakers' head coach Frank Vogel heaped praise on Davis after the game. "An old school performance ... one for the ages." Vogel cited that Davis didn't light up the scoreboard by raining in jumpers and 3s, but rather forceful dunks, graceful post moves and demoralizing put-backs. It's nothing new for Davis who has a penchant of dominating in a way that few others in today's game can. Over the last decade there have been four 50-point games in which a player did not make a three-pointer. Davis has three of the four with LaMarcus Aldridge the only other to do it over that same span.

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