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When your name is on a list numbering two — and the other is the leading scorer in the history of the NBA — safe to say, you’re in elite company.
Hello, DeMarcus Cousins.
The New Orleans Pelicans big man posted a historic 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists in a a 132-128 double-overtime win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
How historic was Boogie’s stat line?
According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Cousins is the first NBA player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to post at least 40 points, 20 boards and 10 dimes in a single game.
Cousins had some fun afterward, half-joking with reporters he was most proud of his stamina after logging a career-high 51 minutes of playing time.
“My strength coach had the nerve to ask me, do I want to lift after this game?” Cousins told reporters after the game. “I almost lost it. If I had some energy, we would have fought.
“I’m just glad it’s over. Seriously. I think [the Bulls] feel the same way, too.”
Cousin’s assists included alley-top lobs for dunks to teammate Anthony Davis and long passes to him for transition buckets.
“You dream about moments like that as a kid — a game coming down to the line and just making big plays down the stretch,” Cousins said. “I think we just willed our way through this game.”
After the final buzzer sounded, Davis, who fouled out in the first overtime session, jumped on Cousins, wrapping his arms around his neck after the Pelicans upped their mark on the season to 25-21.
“He played his heart out,” Davis said.
Chicago bowed to 18-29 with the loss.