Cousins had the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season, with 56 points in the double-overtime loss.
A lot of historical significance
Cousins’ 56 points were the second-most by a player in a game in which his teammate had at least 20 assists (as Rajon Rondo did). According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the only player with more was Wilt Chamberlain in his 100-point game against the New York Knicks in the 1961-62 season.
Elias also notes that the most recent player scoring 50 and a teammate recording 20 assists is not who you might think. It’s not Karl Malone and John Stockton, Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.
It’s actually Tracy Murray and Rod Strickland in the 1997-98 season. Murray averaged 9.0 points per game for his career.
Cousins also became the fourth player with back-to-back 45-point, 10-rebound games in the past 30 seasons. The other three are Charles Barkley (1987-88), Michael Jordan (1989-90) and Antawn Jamison (2000-01).
Lastly, according to Elias research, Cousins’ 56 points are the third-most by a player who fouled out of a game since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976-77. Pete Maravich scored 68 in one of his epic games (1976-77) and Kobe Bryant scored 58 in 2006-07.
Meanwhile, Rondo became the first player with 20 assists, 10 rebounds and fewer than 10 points in a game since Magic Johnson in April 1988.
Heck of a month
Cousins is averaging 34.4 points (best in the NBA) and 13.6 rebounds in 12 January games. He has eight games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. In the four games in which he didn’t have a 30-10 game, he’s averaging 26 points and 11.8 rebounds.