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Anthony Davis becomes 1st player in shot-clock era with 40 points, 15 rebounds in less than 30 minutes

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been an absolute nightmare to keep up with for most NBA teams this season, but it wasn’t any more evident than on Monday night’s 40-point, 18-rebound explosion against the New York Knicks.

The Brow torched the Knicks, going 14-of-22 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line, also making his only three-point attempt of the game.

But perhaps the most incredible thing about his performance was him becoming the first player since the start of the shot-clock era to record 40 points and 15 rebounds in under 30 minutes, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Davis had that and three extra rebounds in a truly dominant performance against a shaken New York team that was clueless of the whereabouts of its point guard, Derrick Rose.

The lanky forward was likely in line for a 50-20 night before he fell victim to a hard foul by the Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn, hurting his hip and being forced out of the game as a precaution.

To say Anthony Davis is having his best NBA season is a hell of an understatement — the Pelicans talisman is averaging 27.8 points and 17.2 rebounds in his last five games and has hauled in 15 or more rebounds in seven of his last 10 games.

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