Anthony Davis was incredible this afternoon against the Detroit Pistons. The New Orleans Pelicans needed all of his 59 points (new franchise record), 20 rebounds, and 4 assists to pull out a victory with most of the roster stuck in neutral. Ryan Anderson, playing in front of former coach Stan Van Gundy, was an icebox. Omer Asik left the game early in the first quarter. Kendrick Perkins played a handful of ineffective minutes. Norris Cole continued to go on being Norris Cole.
Then there was Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday in the pick and roll. My goodness was it a beautiful sight today. Every trip down the floor in the fourth quarter Holiday was trying to get Davis set up and the Pistons were powerless to stop it. Davis scored 19 points in the fourth alone, and Holiday had five assists to Davis in the quarter to go along with a number of free throw assists (passes to Davis which would have been assists had Davis not been fouled). Davis made just one field goal in the fourth that Holiday was not credited with an assist and the level of difficulty here is off the charts.
There are a couple ways to approach this game. One, Anthony Davis is incredible and we as Pelican fans are blessed to watch such a performance. Two, it is frightening that even with Davis going HAM like this New Orleans only beat the Pistons by five points. Third, the quality of this roster drops off steeply beyond Davis and Holiday. Jrue, by the way, flirted with a triple-double on his way to 20 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds.
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