Four cool facts about Anthony Davis' sensational 59-20 night

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Anthony Davis is the talk of the NBA today after putting up a phenomenal 59 point, 20 rebound night to spearhead the New Orleans Pelicans' 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

As you might expect, the 59 point haul - a career game for the Kentucky product - sent the internet into meltdown as NBA fans attempted to keep up with every additional point and rebound.

It was certainly a unique achievement from the 22-year-old star, but just how impressive was his monster double-double in the context of the NBA's illustrious history? These four facts sum it up.

1) Joining Shaq and C-Webb

Before Sunday's game, Anthony Davis already had one thing in common with Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Webber; all three were number one picks in their respective drafts.

Now, though, AD shares another impressive honor with the two likely future Hall of Famers. Since 1983, Davis, Shaq and Webber are the only players to produce a 50 point, 20 rebound box score.

O'Neal's effort came via a 61 point, 23 rebound game in March 2000, whilst Webber produced a 51-26 game in 2001. 15 years later, Davis has now joined a very exclusive club.

2) Youngest in 53 years

After seeing him totally dominate the NBA's 12th best defense in Detroit last night, it is easy to forget Davis is just 22-years-old. With three All-Star appearances already to his name, it feels like The Brow is one of the league's seasoned pros.

In reality, however, the Pelicans star became the youngest player since at least 1963 to reach the 59 point mark in a single game - David Thompson in 1978 was 23 when he scored 71 in a game.

According to the NOLA franchise's official website, Davis is the second youngest in the league's entire history to hit the mark.

3) Two-year high

It's not just his age that makes Davis' 59 point haul standout, it stacks up against every single one of his current NBA peers - from rookies to 10-year veterans.

That's because nobody over the past two seasons (including the current 2015-16 campaign) has scored as many points in a single game. You have to go back to LeBron James' 61 point night on March 3, 2014 to find a bigger stat line.

DeMarcus Cousins, another of the production line in Kentucky, had been leading the way this season with 56 points.

4) Setting the standards in NOLA

Whilst 99.9% of the NBA was cheering on Davis with each and every basket, there is one former player who was probably cursing AD's hot streak.

Jamal Mashburn had, since scoring 50 points in a game in 2003, been the owner of the Pelicans' franchise record for points in a single game.

Davis smashed that with his 59-20 effort, putting himself front and centre of the team's record books. What's even more impressive; Mashburn required overtime to reach his half century.

When all is said and done, Davis' game against Detroit will live long in the memory of NBA fans and these stats show exactly why it deserves to do so.

The frightening thing for his opponents, though, is the fact that the Pelicans star has the potential to get even better over the next decade or so.

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