Anthony Davis registered a career-high tally of 59 points and 20 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 111-106 Sunday night.
Davis’ numbers also set a new franchise-record, eclipsing the 50 points scored by Jamal Mashburn exactly 13 years earlier against the Memphis Grizzlies. The superstar big man went 24/34 from the field, besides sinking 2/2 of his threes, while hitting nine out of 10 shots from the charity strike. |Box Score|
With the victory, the 22-33 Pelicans still lurked a game behind the 10th seeded Sacramento Kings, with a realistic chance to make the postseason. If New Orleans can go on a rampaging winning streak, much like they did last season, it’s very plausible that they make the playoffs.
“That was a lot of fun, because the rim looked so big that it felt like everything I shot was going to go in. I wasn’t keeping track of my point total, but the guys were telling me at the timeouts. They wanted me to get 60,” an elated Davis said after his team’s victory over Andre Drummond’ Pistons.
Davis scored 19 points in the fourth quarter alone, breaking the previous scoring record at the arena held by LeBron James in an Eastern Conference finals game in 2007. “We made an effort to get him the ball in space, and Jrue (Holiday) did a great job of that. That’s (Detroit) a really good team, and Andre Drummond is one of the best centers in this league, so that really shows what A.D. can do when we get him in space,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said after the game.
For the Pistons, Reggie Jackson led the way with 34 points and 4 assists from just 31 minutes. While Drummond tallied 21 points and 14 rebound, new acquisition Tobias Harris finished with 16 points in his debut game for Detroit. The Pistons will next visit Cleveland tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans will next visit the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. The Pelicans, on a two-game winning streak, can’t afford to lose too many games with only 27 regular season games remaining.