Twitter Erupts as Anthony Davis Records 53 Points, 18 Rebounds in Pelicans Win

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2018

MILWAUKEE, WI - FEBRUARY 25:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans walks across the court in the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on February 25, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Pelicans allowed 116 points to the Phoenix Suns at the Smoothie King Center on Monday but still walked away with a nine-point victory thanks to the individual brilliance of Anthony Davis.

The big man destroyed the Suns with 53 points, 18 rebounds, three assists and five blocks while shooting 16-of-29 from the field and setting a career-high with 21 made free throws on 26 attempts, according to the Advocate's Christian Boutwell.

He also tied an NBA record in the process, per Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN Stats & Info):

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Anthony Davis joins Bob McAdoo as the only players with 50 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks since blocks were tracked in 1973-74. via @EliasSports https://t.co/KFmDBODs6a

Twitter naturally reacted to his monster game, starting with his own team:

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA

ANTHONY. DAVIS. FIFTY. POINTS. #DoItBig https://t.co/Jk7yuuf5FL

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA

Oh, ya know. Just another FORTY POINT NIGHT for @AntDavis23. #DoItBig https://t.co/KRMReXaq1b

New Orleans is now 34-26 and within 1.5 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference even though it is playing without the injured DeMarcus Cousins, who was lost for the season with an Achilles injury.

Davis' greatness is the primary reason the Pelicans are not only winning but also competing with some of the best teams in the league in a tight Western Conference playoff race.

Monday's performance tied a record, as pointed out in the aforementioned ESPN tweet, but it was also more of the same in a pattern of dominant statistical performances:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Anthony Davis has his 5th 40-point, 10-rebound game in February, the most over a calendar month in the past 35 seasons. https://t.co/nZXucMjlvr

StatMuse @statmuse

50-point, 15-rebound games in the last 17 years Anthony Davis—3 Rest of NBA combined—3 https://t.co/DpcXu2UY8K

Davis is a five-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team selection, so basketball fans have grown accustomed to seeing him stuff the stat sheet throughout his career. Still, his play entering the stretch run of this season has propelled the Pelicans as a true contender in the West and will surely give top-seeded squads in the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets pause when evaluating the postseason landscape.

Even those teams would have their hands full trying to stop Davis throughout a best-of-seven series.

He wasn't without some minor flaws against the Suns, though, as Twitter pointed out in tongue-in-cheek fashion:

Zach Harper @talkhoops

AD only has one steal tonight, huh? Pathetic

Jason Patt @Bulls_Jay

Anthony Davis just missed 2 layups on one possession. He's bad.

Here are the best of some of the other reactions:

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

The only real debate for Anthony Davis is if he is voted All-NBA first team as a C or PF. Would have a financial impact on the 76ers and Joel Embiid.

Zach Harper @talkhoops

Look, this Anthony Davis game is great and all but Emeka Okafor has 14 points in 18 minutes in the year of our lord 2018!

Jake Madison @NOLAJake

Anthony Davis has fouled out THREE Suns players

Chris Walder🇨🇭 @WalderSports

Is ... umm ... Anthony Davis the second-best player in the NBA????

New Orleans has now won six games in a row and continues climbing up the standings. It will be put to the test Wednesday when it hits the road to face the Spurs in a head-to-head showdown that will directly impact the race for the No. 3 seed.

If Davis plays like he did Monday, the Pelicans will likely be in position to steal a win on the road and continue their streak.


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