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Anthony Davis says DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers teammates pushed him to score 50 points

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Anthony Davis had plenty of motivation to put up a season-high 50 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, encouraged by teammate DeMarcus Cousins and enabled by the rest of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates to shine with a blockbuster performance.

Davis had 27 points at the half and 42 after three quarters, making the goal quite obvious for the first-year Laker. Cousins told Davis he should get 50 points during halftime, and The Brow didn’t disappoint.

“You just want the ball. It kept going in,” said Davis, who shot 20-of-29 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line. “My teammates kept giving me the ball and telling me to go get 50. At that point, you try to go get 50.”

Davis already has two very memorable games in his new uniform, first posting a 40-point, 20-rebound effort earlier in the season and now adding this 50-point milestone to a bevy of accolades in his young career.

The new Lakers forward is averaging 27.7 points, which is sixth-best in the NBA, along with 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game while shooting a formidable 50.7% from the floor and 87% from the foul line.

Surely he has the encouragement from his teammates to flourish in key games like Sunday’s, especially after Davis has helped lead the Lakers to a 21-3 mark through the first quarter of the 2019-20 season.