Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis had a historic night Sunday in Motown, scoring 59 points and hauling in 20 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Davis became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record 50 points and 20 rebounds in a contest, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
The 22-year-old’s scoring total is also the most in franchise history, topping fellow Wildcats alum Jamal Mashburn’s 50-point performance against the Memphis Grizzlies 13 years ago. Additionally, he broke the single-game scoring record at the Palace at Auburn Hills — leapfrogging LeBron James, who tallied 48 points in Detroit during the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, Davis accounted for 54.2 percent of New Orleans’ points and 64.5 percent of the team’s rebounds.
”Of course the guys on the bench were telling me four more rebounds (to 20) and you should go to 60,” Davis said after the game, per NOLA.com’s John Reid. ”When you’re on the floor, you try to do everything possible to get wins. That’s all I’m trying to do is help this team get better and make a push to get into the playoffs.”
Davis’ full highlights can be found below: