Anthony Davis gets the 1st 40/20 game this season in OT victory over Celtics
Anthony Davis’ almost game winning shot with 1.1 seconds left was spoiled by Kris Humphries (seriously) hitting a turnaround jumper to put the game into OT. Well, that shot by Kris was a good thing because it allowed AD to grab 6 more rebounds in OT and become the first player this season to produce a 40/20 game. His career high in points and rebounds also made him the 3rd youngest (age 21) in history to record a 40/20 game. John Drew did it twice at age 20 in 1974 and Shaq had a 46 point 21 rebound game also at 20.
Davis’ previous high for points happened a few days ago when he scored 36 against the Blazers and his previous career high of 19 rebounds was set in January against the Magic.
“I think he can do this 10 to 15 times a year just because he is so gifted and does things for the right reason,” Williams said. “Obviously, he has great athletic ability but some of that stuff is just him. We try to put him in a position where he can be a dominant player.”
“My teammates tell me that they feed off my energy and they want me to be great so I can’t be timid and do what it takes to help my team win,” said Davis, who also blocked three shots, making him the eight player in NBA history with at least 40 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks in a game. “We’re trying to do a better job of making me comfortable down the stretch.”
The Pelicans came out victorious and AD is now averaging 32 points over his last 6 games and showing signs that he’s going to be a great one for years to come.