It was a showdown between the once and future most valuable player.
Stephen Curry won the prize last season. By consensus, Anthony Davis is the man expected someday to follow in his footsteps.
Based on Tuesday night’s opener, the crown has not yet been passed.
Curry showed no rust, pouring in 24 points in the first quarter, on his way to 40 points on the night. His Golden State Warriors cruised past Davis’s New Orleans Pelicans, 111-95, in Oakland, Calif.
It was the 10th 40-point game of Curry’s career. It was also the most points by an M.V.P. in an opener since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 41 for Milwaukee in 1972, Stats reported.