Anthony Davis went to the free-throw line eight times Friday night in the Pelicans' 124-123 overtime victory over the Miami Heat.

That should have meant eight times the chant, "MVP, MVP" was heard in the Smoothie King Center.

Not once did it happen. 

Maybe the fans have seen Davis dominate so much that they take it for granted.

Or perhaps they just aren't appreciating the greatness the Brow is displaying during this incredible MVP-like stretch that has the team on a four-game winning streak heading into Sunday's road game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

No, Davis likely won't hoist the Maurice Podoloff Trophy presented to the league's Most Valuable Player. 

It's almost certainly going to James Harden or LeBron James.

But even if AD won't get the trophy, he at least deserves the chant, just like Golden State's Steph Curry and Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Toronto's DeMar Derozan get every time they step to the free-throw line in their home arenas.

There was a time this season when AD and sidekick DeMarcus Cousins both deserved to hear the chants.

But now that Cousins is gone for the season with a torn Achilles, the chants should all go to Davis.

He has more than earned them, especially during the team's current winning streak that is tied for their longest of the season.

His numbers don't lie.

In the four wins against the Nets, Pistons, Lakers and Heat, Davis is averaging 42.3 points, 14.8 rebounds and three blocks.

His best stat line during that run came Friday night when he recorded 45 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks and five steals. It's the first time since the NBA began recording blocked shots in the 1973-74 season that a player has posted a 40-15-5-5 stat line.

Even more impressive, he's scored 40 points six times this season, all in the past 17 games when the team has needed him most in the Western Conference logjam.

Harden, who would get my vote for MVP, and Davis are the only players in the league who have scored 40 points at least six times this season. (Harden has hit 40 or more on eight occasions).

Davis is averaging 34.9 points in the month of Feburary. He's had 40 or more points in four of the 10 games since Cousins' injury.

Davis has a simple explanation of why he's taken things up a notch now that the locker beside his is empty. 

“I’m just trying to do my part, that’s it," Davis said. "Like I said, when (DeMarcus) Cousins first went out, I was over-thinking. I was doing stuff I normally wouldn’t do. Now I’m just playing basketball and with a lot of instinct and a lot of confidence."

For the season, he's averaging 27.7 points (third in the league), 10.9 rebounds (eighth) and 2.2 blocks (second).

Those are MVP-like numbers.

But there is that one number that will stop Davis from being a serious contender. It's the number 8, which is where the Pelicans currently sit in the Western Conference standings. Going back to 1985, almost every MVP came from a team that was either a 1, 2 or 3 seed. The only exception was last season, when Westbrook won it for a Thunder team that was the No. 6 seed.

Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who has played with four-time MVP LeBron James and MVP Shaquiile O'Neal, had high praise for AD after Friday night's performance.

"He is special; there is no question about that," Wade said. "I think everybody in New Orleans and everyone in the basketball world knows that he is special. The only thing we can do is try and make it tough on him, but if you try and make it tough on him he still is going to get 40 points. That's the kind of player he is.”

Wade, in his 15th season, had trouble when asked to compare Davis' game to someone.

"I'd really have to go into the NBA rolodex for that one," Wade said. "He's a special kid. He's been special for a long time. He's incredible."

Wade's coach agreed.

"He's playing fantastic basketball," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He does it from everywhere on the court. Literally everywhere on the court."

In the paint.

Beyond the 3-point line.

And at the free-throw line, where he should be hearing MVP chants every single time he steps to it.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.