Following a mind-blowing effort on Friday night in the Los Angeles Lakers’ monumental 133-129 victory over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, Anthony Davis just created history. Because AD performed so well in this game, experts are already comparing him to Michael Jordan, the GOAT.
Against the dominant Bucks, Davis was an unstoppable force, scoring 44 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on 18 of 27 shooting. In addition, the Lakers big man blocked three shots and had no turnovers during his 40 minutes of play.
This was Davis’ 31st career 40-point, 10-rebound performance, which puts him tied with James Harden for the third-most since the NBA and ABA merger in 1976, as noted by Marc J. Spears of ESPN. Shaq and Michael Jordan are the only two players to have more 40-point, 10-rebound games than Davis (and Harden).
Anthony Davis’ experience was also anything but a coincidence. The Lakers star has been been on an unstoppable tear. He had played in his last 10 games, scoring 29.3 points on 60.1 percent shooting, pulling down 14.0 rebounds, dishing out 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and blocking 2.5 shots on average. The Lakers have now won six of their last eight games, which is no accident.
The next five games LA plays are all on the road, so it will be a difficult stretch. There was no better way to begin this long road trip than with a convincing victory over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the formidable Bucks. The Lakers will obviously need AD to be at his best during this span because they have five away games scheduled over the next nine days.