Anthony Davis has received a lot of attention for the stretch he’s had over the last six weeks, and rightly so. While Jrue Holiday has also stepped up since DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending injury, Davis has been the talk of the NBA with averages of 32.6 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.4 blocks in his last 14 games. The Pelicans won nine of those 14 games — including their last eight in a row — to give them the fourth-best record in the Western Conference.
The combination gives Davis a strong case to move up the MVP ladder, although he’s highly unlikely to surpass James Harden, who has been on another level this season.
To much less fanfare, Damian Lillard has been doing something similar in Portland. The Blazers haven’t lost one of their key contributors for the remainder of the season, but Lillard has been almost as dominant as Davis with averages of 29.9 points, 6.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game since Jan. 27. It’s helped the Blazers win 11 of their last 15 games, giving them a one-game lead over the Pelicans in the standings with a little over a month remaining in the regular season.
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