New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis has been a growing superstar this season, capable of just about anything on both ends of the floor with his freakish athletic abilities. The only reason he is not a true contender to be an MVP up to this point is due to a lack of team success.
With more games like the one he had on Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, though, his name may soon be back in the discussion.
Davis carried his team with 41 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He also did the one thing that has been missing from his resume – hitting a memorable, dramatic game-winner.
That’s Jordanesque, don’t you think? Amazingly, it was Davis’ first 3-point make of the season.
He actually may never have been put in position to have to hit that shot had Quincy Pondexter stayed away from fouling (inexplicably) Russell Westbrook on a 3-point attempt that never had a chance of going in. Westbrook hit all three of his free throws to tie the game with 1.2 seconds remaining in the contest. It was a silly blunder by Pondexter, and he certainly knew it:
— Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) February 7, 2015
The 116-113 win gave the Pelicans a two-game lead over the Thunder in the standings.
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