Anthony Davis became the first player to record more than 40 points on his first return to former team New Orleans Pelicans after he produced a dominant 41-point game to help the Lakers beat the Pelicans 114-110.
After season-high 41 points, Lakers' Anthony Davis speaks out on coming back to New Orleans and playing his 1st game against the Pelicans. pic.twitter.com/isrziHYT34— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 28, 2019
Anthony Davis received boos during his introduction in New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/xISspJJvdO— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 28, 2019
Anthony Davis left New Orleans Pelicans for the Los Angeles Lakers after publicly requesting a release. He returned to the Smoothie King Center for the first time since the move and was unsurprisingly booed by the home crowd and jeers were heard every time Davis handled the ball.
Game on the line. Anthony Davis in lockdown mode 🔒🔒🔒 pic.twitter.com/iTjnzxbZTa— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 28, 2019
But the 26-year-old did not let the hostile reactions affect him and dropped 27 points in the Q1 itself. His clutch steal with just 5 seconds left in the final quarter helped the Lakers beat the Pelicans and extend their fine run in the NBA this season. The Lakers are no 16-2 in the season and sit comfortably on top of the Western Conference.
He dropped 41 on 50% shooting. His clutch steal saved the game. His free throws put it away. You couldn't have scripted a better return for Anthony Davis to New Orleans.— Rodrigo Azurmendi (@RodAzurmendi) November 28, 2019
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Anthony Davis recorded 41 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist in 37 minutes of play, while Lebron James scored 29 points and 11 assists for the Lakers.