Averaging just 6.1 points per game in 15 minutes per appearance prior to tonight, DeMarcus Cousins had been a modest contributor off the bench for the Houston Rockets this season.
Against Dallas, Cousins looked like the perennial All-Star unstoppable force we have come to know from his days in Sacramento, finishing with 28 points, 17 rebounds and five assists on an efficient 9-for-15 shooting from the floor. The standout showing led the Rockets to a comfortable 133-108 win over the Mavericks.
Starting in place of Christian Wood, Cousins was dominant from the outset, posting a monster first half line that had fans and media members searching through the history books.
That's the second 15-15 half of DeMarcus Cousins' career. Per @ESPNStatsInfo, the only other players with multiple 15-15 halves in the last 25 years are Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan. https://t.co/ikEurCQvhd- Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 24, 2021
The 28 point effort was the highest scoring game from Cousins since January 2018, when he poured in 44 points against the Chicago Bulls to go along with a ridiculous 23 rebonuds and 10 assists.
"It was really, really good. He did it all," Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said postgame. "He's a physical presence on both ends of the floor."
Boogie, an absolute unit pic.twitter.com/P8f5nLU8Yi- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 24, 2021
It was just the second double-digit scoring game of the season for the 30-year-old, who described the performance as a "confidence boost" postgame.
Houston are now 6-9 on the season, 1.5 games back of Dallas for the final playoff seed in the Western Conference.
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