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Anthony Davis' playoff debut among NBA's all-time best

Davis' profile should soar even higher with the Pelicans on national TV 13 times this season. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

The cruelest part about Stephen Curry's dagger 3-pointer to end Pelicans-Warriors Game 3 is that it reduced Anthony Davis' night to a mere footnote. This was supposed to be his shining moment in front of his home crowd for the first time in his playoff career. Davis scored 29 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, swatted away three shots and swiped a couple of steals.

And Curry's ridiculousness washed it all away in a moment.

By the scoreboard, Davis' playoff debut has been a failure. The Pelicans are down 3-0, staring at a sweep. But that's unfair to Davis' monster debut on the playoff stage. One man can do only so much to carry his team to victory. Especially when that team is facing a juggernaut like the Golden State Warriors.

Make no mistake: Davis has been great in his postseason debut. But just how great? Let's take a look at how it stacks up in history.