Anthony Davis had a monster performance in the Lakers’ win over the Wolves on Sunday: 50 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 1 turnover. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Davis’s night: he scored 50 without hitting a single three.
That’s so rare in this era, where 50-point nights are instead usually driven by hot performances from beyond the arc. Players have scored 50 without a single made three just four times this decade … and three of those have been by Davis! To put it in perspective, the median number of threes made in all 50-point games from last season and this year is six.
This is how Davis can be described not quite as old school — he’s doing things the legendary big men of the game didn’t pull off or even think to do — but as putting up old-school performances. In a different context, he’d get some strong MVP push from the anti-three sector of the media. Alas, Lakers and Klutch. It’s not going to happen. But between his defensive impact and gaudy, efficient scoring, he’s just had an incredible start to the season. Worth the drama of the acquisition 101 times out of 100.
Nuggets 102, Nets 105
Hawks 122, Hornets 107
Bulls 105, Heat 110 (OT)
Raptors 104, Sixers 110
Clippers 135, Wizards 119
Kings 110, Mavericks 106
Thunder 108, Blazers 96
Wolves 125, Warriors 142
All times Eastern. Games on League Pass unless otherwise noted.
Clippers at Pacers, 7
Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30
Raptors at Bulls, 8
Kings at Rockets, 8
Magic at Bucks, 8, NBA TV
Pistons at Pelicans, 8
Wolves at Suns, 9
Thunder at Jazz, 9
Grizzlies at Warriors, 10:30
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