Anthony Davis proved he was worth the massive price the Lakers paid for him with a performance the NBA hasn’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain

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It’s no secret that Anthony Davis is a lethal weapon on the basketball court.

Still, whether or not he was worth the steep price the Los Angeles Lakers paid for him during this past offseason — which included dealing Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans — was certainly up for debate.

But Davis’ 40-point, 20-rebound performance Tuesday night that featured 26 points from the charity stripe — a stat line only registered by one Wilt Chamberlain during his record-smashing 100-point game — may have been enough to silence his doubters.

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Anthony Davis drives to the basket in the Lakers Tuesday night contest against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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In just 31 minutes on the floor, the 6-foot-10 power forward went 7-of-17 from the floor and missed only one of his 27 free throw attempts on the night, becoming the first Laker to register a 40-20 game since Shaquille O’Neal achieved the feat in 2003. In addition to his eight offensive rebounds and 12 grabs off the glass on the defensive end, Davis tacke

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