The Pelicans’ fans were very happy to see Anthony Davis back in action after he suffered a sprain on his right shoulder. The player started when the team beat the Pistons 88-85 on Wednesday night, in what pay per head wagering companies saw was a great comeback.
In 42 minutes of action, the power forward scored 39 points, as well as 8 blocks and 13 rebounds. This proved to be the sixth meeting won by the Pelicans out of seven.
Monty Williams, New Orleans coach, said that Davis’ first game since his return was “unreal”.
The forward said that he so keen to return to the court that he was wearing his uniform sooner than expected, and ended up walking around in the team’s locker room.
“I had a lot of energy coming back,” said the player. “I just couldn’t wait to get on the floor. I was just out there having fun, and it showed.”
In the game’s last 1:14, Davis hit two jumpers from mid-range, and the second one was scored with 18 remaining seconds, holding off the Nuggets in a frenzied and defensive match that kept NBA fans at the edge of their seats.
The seventh block made by Davis in the match gave the forward a record in his career with the team, getting past the 435 by David West. In what is just his third season with the team, 437 shots were blocked by Davis.
“In my third year, being a franchise holder of any stat is a blessing,” said the player, and the fans can agree. “I just try to go out there and play for my team, do whatever it takes to win. And you do that and play with the passion and the fight and the drive that the team has, things like that come across.”
Davis, who was able to record an average of 23.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, as well as 2.7 blocks for each game played, suffered an injury during the first quarter of the Pelicans’ win on the 21st of February at Miami, and after that he didn’t play for five meetings.
In the NBA’s Western Conference, the team’s win on Wednesday was able to keep New Orleans one game behind the Thunder for the last position in the playoffs.
Pay per head wagering companies saw Davis impress many fans in his return, and hope that he stays healthy for the rest of the season.