Anthony Davis puts up historic stat line versus Suns
Anthony Davis has put up unheard of statistical milestones since he entered the league in 2012. On Monday night, Davis delivered another historic performance after posting 53 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocks in a 125-116 win by his New Orleans Pelicans over the Phoenix Suns.
According to the NBA’s official Twitter account, Davis joined Bob McAdoo (1974) as the only players in NBA history to record 50+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 5+ blocks in a single game. McAdoo is the 1975 NBA Most Valuable Player and a former Rookie of the Year awardee in 1973.
The All-Star power forward led his team to its season-best sixth consecutive win, tying them with the Portland Trail Blazers for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
Included in the highlight-filled game by Davis are several above-the-rim exploits by the former Kentucky Wildcat, who’s carrying the Pelicans on his shoulders after his frontcourt partner in DeMarcus Cousins suffered a season-ending injury.
The Pelicans overcame an equally impressive performance by the Suns’ Devin Booker who had 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. The shooting guard was unable to keep his team from losing its 10th straight ballgame.
Davis has been carrying a heavier load since DeMarcus Cousins went down with an ACL injury nearly a month ago.
Over the last five games, he is averaging 35.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and 2.2 steals. Included in that stretch are a 42-point, 15-rebound night against the Los Angeles Lakers on Valentine’s Day and a 45-point, 17-rebound, 5-block, and 5-assist show versus the Miami Heat on February 23.
The Pelicans face the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.