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Anthony Davis’ 40-20 game by the numbers

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Davis finished the game with a career high 40 points and 21 rebounds. The Pelicans won 121-120.(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)


The 2012 draft already looks like it will go down as one of the NBA’s stronger ones ever. Andre Drummond is incredibly promising. Damian Lillard won Rookie of the Year and is even better this season.

But there’s no doubt, if the draft were re-done, Anthony Davis would remain the No. 1 pick.

Days like Sunday just serve as a reminder why. Here’s a look inside Davis’ historic game:

  • 40 – Points Davis scored in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 121-120 overtime win over the Boston Celtics
  • 21 – Rebounds Davis grabbed in the game
  • 1 – 40-20 games in Pelicans’ franchise history, dating backing to Charlotte
  • 2 – 40-20 games NBA-wide in the last 10 years. Dwight Howard had one in 2012.
  • 21 – Davis’ age, making him the youngest player with a 40-20 game since Shaquille O’Neal did it at 20 in 1993