Anthony Davis has been a monster of late for the Lakers, who were riding a three-game winning streak coming into Phoenix Tuesday night. The winning streak ended with a 115-105 loss to the Suns, but Davis’ run of dominance continued with a stat line you have to see to believe: 37 points, 21 rebounds, five steals, and five blocks.
Since blocks and steals became an official stat in 1973, Davis is the only player to put up that line. Since then, Anthony Davis is the only player ever to have 35+ PTS, 20+ REB, 5+ STL, and 4+ BLK in a single game.
He is just the third Laker in franchise history to record 30+ points and 15+ rebounds in four consecutive games, joining: Elgin Baylor (7 Streaks) and Shaquille O’Neal: 11/19/1999 – 11/26/1999.
Until some lanes started opening up on rolls, and in transition, he crashed the offensive glass and got to the free-throw line, which has been a theme of this recent run. By the end, Davis had made 15 of 16 free throws and 11 of 17 shots. He engulfed rebounds all night. He was late to react to a few actions in the paint defensively, or perhaps he was just exhausted by the end of an effort like this, but you can’t ask for more from a guy who is now just the third player in Lakers history to record four straight 30-15 games. He joins some pretty good company.