Anthony Davis is back.
After an injury-plagued 2015-16 season that cost him millions, Davis came back with a vengeance in his first game of the new season, scoring 50 points on 17-of-34 shooting with 16 rebounds, seven steals, four blocks, and five assists to top off a historic performance.
New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 27, 2016
2️⃣3️⃣ https://t.co/eY5Y2p6Rfs— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 27, 2016
4 players have scored 50 points in a season opener- Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Anthony Davis (via @EliasSports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2016
Players w/ 50+ pts, 15+ reb, 5+ ast since 1983-84:— Maxwell Ogden (@MaxwellOgden) October 27, 2016
1. Anthony Davis
2. Michael Jordan
3. Chris Webber
Davis added 7 stl + 4 blk.
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
Unfortunately, it came in a 107-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets, but the bigger story is how Davis is back to his MVP level with the New Orleans Pelicans.