The last time New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis squared off against the Boston Celtics on the road, he went 14-for-21 from the floor for 36 points along with 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
That was on January 7 of last year.
After posting 36 points, nine boards and two blocks in 41 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and then 48 points,17 rebounds and three blocks in 51 minutes against the New York Knicks on Sunday, Davis entered Tuesday night’s game in Boston on arguably the most impressive hot streak of his career.
He delivered in a big way yet again.
In his team’s second-straight overtime victory, he went 16-for-34 shooting and 13-for-15 from the free throw line for 45 points while also pulling down 16 boards, dishing out two assists, blocking two shots and posting a steal as well.
He played 45 minutes and was undoubtedly the most dominant player on the court by a wide margin, even overshadowing teammate DeMarcus Cousins and opposing point guard Kyrie Irving along the way.
Not only did the win move the sixth-seeded Pelicans to 23-20 on the season, but his performance was historic in nature.
It was the second time in his career that he posted back-to-back games of at least 45 points and 15 rebounds. He’s one of just seven NBA players in history to ever accomplish that feat.
As you can see, he’s in some impressive company alongside a number of Hall of Famers.
He also joined an NBA legend as the only two players in history to have 40-plus points against the Knicks and Celtics in back-to-back contests. Although both historic franchises are in wildly different places at the moment, Davis showed up in a dominant way at two of the most iconic buildings in the sport’s history.
In December, Davis made it clear that he wants to stay in New Orleans and win there. Therefore, it’s safe to say that any trade rumors linking Davis to Boston in the past do not interest the superstar.
“I’ve been loyal to this organization. I love it here. I love this team. I think we’re moving in the right direction. DeMarcus, Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win,” he told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski at the time.
He continued, ”It’s not about the money. It’s not about having fans. The most important thing to me: winning. That’s what I want to do. And I want to do it here.” On Tuesday night, that’s exactly what he did.