Anthony Davis: Revisiting His 40-Point Game

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Mar 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) chest bumps head coach Monty Williams after hitting a shot with 1.1 second left in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in a game at the Smoothie King Center.The Pelicans defeated the Celtics 121-120 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

In a season full of lows for the New Orleans Pelicans, at least Anthony Davis’ continued improvement gave the fans something to cheer about. Davis improved radically in his sophomore season, making the All-Star squad and was even considered for the All-NBA squads.

Davis had one of the season’s best performances – 40 points, 21 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in an overtime win over the Boston Celtics. He became the youngest player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1993 to record a 40-point, 20-rebound game.

The last player to accomplish such a feat? Dwight Howard. It must fill Pelicans’ fans with anticipation knowing that Davis is in such revered company.

So let’s revisit that magical March 16 night in New Orleans.


Davis started in the frontcourt alongside Greg Stiemsma for the Pelicans, and were matched up against Kris Humphries and Brandon Bass. Davis must have been licking his lips from the start — going against two shorter and less athletic players, Davis would have been confident in his ability to dominate the game, especially since he was coming off a career-high 36 points in the last game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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