Anthony Davis pieced together the most remarkable performance of his young NBA career on Sunday, shattering his career-high in points with 59, gathering 20 rebounds and adding four assists in a 111–104 win over the Pistons.
In the past 30 years, the only comparable performance is Shaquille O’Neal’s 61-point, 23-rebound performance against the Clippers in 2000. Davis’s 59 points are also an NBA season high, and the most that have been scored in a game since March 2014, when LeBron James dropped 61.
“I just go out there and play,” Davis told Fox Sports New Orleans after the game. “The guys on the bench were telling me, go out there and get 60 … I just came out with a lot of energy.”
Davis set the franchise record for points in a game, field goals made and attempted.
The Pelicans picked up just their seventh road win of the season, and improved to 22–23 overall. They trail the eighth-place Rockets by five in the loss column.