Usually if you come up with a return of 50 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, seven steals and four blocks, you’ll find yourself on the winning side.
But such is life for Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans’ lone superstar whose astounding opening-game stat-line wasn’t enough to prevent a 107-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Davis’ stunning performance sent sports statisticians and NBA history buffs into a frenzy. The boffins subsequently revealed no player had ever recorded 45 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five steals in the same game.
He also joined the incredibly exalted company of Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Michael Jordan as the only players to score 50 points in a season opener.
But despite pressing to be regarded among the top-five players in the league, the 23-year-old appears set to cut a lonesome figure this season, dominating while playing on a team that will battle to win a third of its games.
Davis shot 17-for-34 on his record-breaking night, while his teammates contributed a dismal 21-for-58 shooting night.
Just the 50 points for Anthony Davis last night 🔥. pic.twitter.com/DMijOHsj96
— ProDirect Basketball (@prodirecthoops) October 27, 2016
In the number-crunching stats haven that is American sports, however, Davis’ name is up in lights for his unprecedented feats.