New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis was doused with water after the Pelicans’ 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. That’s what happens when you join Shaquille O’Neal as the only player in the last 40 seasons with at least 55 points and 20 rebounds in a single game.
Davis had the highest scoring game of any NBA player this season, as he went for 59 points and 20 rebounds. Davis shot 24-of-34 from the field, 9-of-10 from the line, and handed out 4 assists in 43 total minutes of action.
“That was a lot of fun, because the rim looked so big that it felt like everything I shot was going to go in,” Davis said. “I wasn’t keeping track of my point total, but the guys were telling me at the timeouts. They wanted me to get 60.”
It was a major achievement for the 22 year-old star. He took home the franchise-record for points in a game, surpassing Jamal Mashburn’s 50 set 13 years ago.
Davis also became the youngest player to score 59 or more points since 1963. But despite Davis’ dominance, the game remained close throughout. The Pelicans needed all 19 of Davis’ fourth quarter points to help secure the 5-point victory.
Heading into the season, many expected Davis to take LeBron’s throne as the best player in the NBA, but Steph Curry has emphatically filled that void. But with more performances like AD-23’s most recent one, Curry might not hold that title for long.