Pelicans' Davis scores team-record 59 points, adds 20 rebounds
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. – Few players have ever had the feeling Anthony Davis did Sunday. The star center scored a franchise-record 59 points and had 20 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 111-106.
"That was a lot of fun, because the rim looked so big that it felt like everything I shot was going to go in," Davis said.
The previous club record was 50 points by Jamal Mashburn exactly 13 years earlier against the Grizzlies. Davis went 24 of 34 from the floor and made his only two three-pointers. He added nine free throws in 10 attempts.
"That's a really good team, and Andre Drummond is one of the best centers in this league," New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. "So that really shows what A.D. can do when we get him in space."
Davis had 19 points in the fourth and broke the scoring record for the Palace of Auburn Hills set by LeBron James with 48 points in an Eastern Conference finals game June 1, 2007.
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