On Sunday, Anthony Davis scored a franchise record 59 points to go with 20 boards and joined Shaq and Chris Webber as the only players to put up a 50/20 game in the last 40 years and Shaq and Wilt as the only players to ever put up a 55/20 game.
“I don’t think it will really sink in until tomorrow what I did today,” Davis said. “But being in the history books with C-Webb and Shaq? That’s something special.”
What made AD’s game so unique compared to the others is he was making shots from downtown (2-2) and was money from the free throw line (9-10).
“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.”
Here’s how AD’s career-best game compares to Shaq and Webber’s best scoring outputs.
ANTHONY DAVIS (59/20)
STAT LINE: 59 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block (24-34 fg, 9-10 ft, 2-2 3pt)
DID HIS TEAM WIN: Yes, by 5 points.
WHY IT WAS SPECIAL: Isdfsd
HOW DID HE DO IN THE FOLLOWING GAME: TBD
SEASON AVERAGE: 24.3pts, 10.1rebs, 1.9asts, 1.3stls, 2.2blks
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (61/23)
STAT LINE: 61 points, 23 rebounds, 3 assists (24-35 fg, 13-22 ft)
DID HIS TEAM WIN: Yes, by 20 points.
WHY IT WAS SPECIAL: In 19 years, Shaq averaged 29 & 11 on his birthday and this was his best birthday performance. Not just because of the huge numbers and definitely not because it happened against the Clippers, but because it happened during his MVP and first championship season. It was also extra sweet because Shaq was offended when he saw Kareem Abdul-Jabbar giving Michael Olowkandi “tips of stopping Shaq” before the game.
HOW DID HE DO IN THE FOLLOWING GAME: sd
SEASON AVERAGE: 29.7pts, 13.6rebs, 3.8asts, 0.5stls, 3blks
CHRIS WEBBER (51/26)
STAT LINE: 51 points, 26 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks (24-47 fg, 3-6 ft, 0-1 3pt)
AGAINST: The Pacers
DID HIS TEAM WIN: No, they lost by 2.
WHY IT WAS SPECIAL: It was far from special and Webber doesn’t consider this his best game because they lost and he missed 23 shots. His teammates weren’t exactly on fire either, they only made 15 of 59 shots.
HOW DID HE DO IN THE FOLLOWING GAME: 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in a win against KG & the Wolves.
SEASON AVERAGE: 27.1pts, 11.1rebs, 4.2asts, 1.3stls, 1.7blks