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It was a tough challenge to determine who had the better response to persistent rumors that Boston is pursuing Anthony Davis in a trade.
In consecutive games, Davis had 48 points and 17 rebounds in a New Orleans win at New York and 45 points and 16 rebounds in a win at Boston last week. It was the second time that Davis had posted consecutive games of at least 45 points and 15 rebounds. No player had done it consecutively since Charles Barkley did it once in 1988, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Davis’ on-court performance, which must have exhausted him for an eight-point letdown at Atlanta, was rivaled in quality only...