New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis made his return to the game days after his controversial trade demand, only to be booed by the home crowd in their 122-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
It was Davis’ first game since the reports emerged on January 28 that he wanted to leave the club. Home fans at the Smoothie King Center booed when his name was announced during pregame introductions.
Despite the unwelcoming atmosphere, the 25-year-old delivered a terrific performance by finishing with 32 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in his just 25-minute cameo.
Jrue Holiday made 27 points, Kenrich Williams added 19, while Tim Frazier and Julius Randle made 12 points each.
Days after the trade demand, Davis was fined $50,000 last week by NBA "for violating a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands."
There were mixed reactions on the court as some continued to boo whenever he touched the ball, while loyal fans chanted his name.
Karl-Anthony Towns Jr was the top scorer for the Timberwolves adding 32 points, while Andrew Wiggins made 23 and 10 rebounds.
After the formidable three quarters, the visitors made one lead in the fourth. However, the Pelicans retained the momentum without Davis, who was benched for the rest of the game.