While you were sleeping, DeMarcus Cousins messed around and made some history. Boogie had a triple double last night in New Orleans’ 132-128 comeback win over the Bulls, putting up 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block.
He’s the first NBA player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to have 40 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game, a feat that becomes even more impressive when you realize the only other players to ever accomplish that stat line are Wilt Chamberlain (six times), Oscar Robertson, and Elgin Baylor. Cousins played 52 minutes in the double overtime victory, at times appearing absolutely exhausted.
“My strength coach had the nerve to ask me, do I want to lift after this game? I almost lost it. If I had some energy, we would have fought,” Cousins said. “I’m just glad it’s over. Seriously. I think [the Bulls] feel the same way, too.”
Teammate and fellow NBA All-Star Game starter Anthony Davis chipped in 34 points of his own, but was more than happy to let Boogie have the spotlight, running over and jumping into his arms after the game was finally over.
“He played his heart out,” Davis said.
Yes, he did. Even LeBron was impressed:
Yo @boogiecousins chill out man!! Sheesh!!! Super sick stat line
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 23, 2018
Watch the highlights below: