Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Turns in fourth 40-point game of season
Davis finished with 41 points (14-27 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 12-14 FT), 16 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks across 41 minutes in Tuesday's 105-88 win over the Lakers.
Even with the Pelicans holding a 26-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, coach Alvin Gentry elected to hand Davis a game-high 41 minutes. It's a questionable decision given Davis' mounting workload this season along with his high injury risk, but those who rostered the big man in DFS were certainly appreciative of Gentry's decision. Even with the Pelicans sitting at 7-12 on the season, Davis has kept his name in the MVP conversation thanks to the video-game numbers he's posted on a regular basis. He's averaging an incredible 34.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.7 blocks and 1.6 steals in 37.3 minutes per game over the last seven contests while shooting 57.1 percent from the field during that span, and those numbers are actually weighted down a bit by a Nov. 22 game against the Hawks when he missed an entire two quarters due to injury.