The Celtics had their seven-game win streak snapped Tuesday night, as Anthony Davis’ 45 points and 16 rebounds led the Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory at TD Garden.
It was the Celtics’ first loss of 2018.
The bigger story, though, is Davis, whose stellar performance in Boston followed his 48-point, 17-rebound outing in New Orleans’ 123-118 win at the Knicks on Sunday. Charles Barkley is the only other player in NBA history to register at least 45 points and 15 rebounds in back-to-back games since 1983-84, per nola.com.
After an MLK Day replete with pettiness, we hoped for better on Tuesday. A few players in Orlando let us down, though, as the Magic’s Arron Afflalo swung wildly at the Timberwolves’ Nemanja Bjelica, who responded by putting Afflalo in a headlock.
Before the Afflalo-Bjelica brouhaha, the Magic put on this dazzling display of end-to-end basketball en route to a 108-102 win, as Bismack Biyombo blocked a Karl-Anthony Towns drive to Elfrid Payton, who then lobbed a half-count alley-oop pass for an Aaron Gordon dunk.
After Tuesday night’s light four-game schedule, the NBA is back in full swing with 10 games Wednesday. We have our eye on a pair of games featuring playoff-bound teams in the strengthening Eastern Conference, as the Pistons (22-20) visit the Raptors (29-13), and the Heat (25-18) go to Milwaukee (23-20).
While it’s no shock that James is one of the greatest basketball players in the NBA, there are other tidbits of information that may be surprising.
Thanks to Opta’s trusty data editorial crew, here are five fun facts about James’s accomplishments as he prepares to make history.
When James cracks the 30,000-point mark, he will join the likes of Kareem-Abdul Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Dirk Nowitzki (30,802) and Julius Irving (30,026). Only Nowitzki, 39, is still playing, and he will be retiring after this season.
Over the course of his career, James has been particularly good in January, his second-most fruitful month when it comes to scoring. In 197 January games, he has averaged 27.8 points. Only in April has he scored more, with an average of 28.4 points.