50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks from all-world big man Anthony Davis, and it still wasn’t enough for the New Orleans Pelicans, who fell 107-102 Wednesday night to the Denver Nuggets.
Davis’ statline is the first of its kind in NBA history.
Anthony Davis: 1st with 45 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals in ANY game since steals were recorded in 1973-74 (via @eliassports)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2016
Jusuf Nurkic scored 23 points and Will Barton added 22 to lead the Nuggets to the season-opening victory.
Per the AP:
“When you play against a great player, you have a problem you need to answer: Are you going to shut him down and create problems elsewhere, or are you going to let him get his and hope nobody else goes off?,” (Denver coach Mike) Malone said.
“We gave them too many easy looks in the beginning of the game,” Davis said. “We gave ourselves a chance. We’ve just got to play like we played in the third and fourth quarter in the beginning of the game.” […] Davis didn’t get much help offensively. The rest of the Pelicans combined to shoot 21 of 58.
“I’m going to have to — probably not 50 every night — but try to get somewhere along those lines every game to give ourselves a chance,” Davis said.