Houston Rockets

DeMarcus Cousins winds back clock in dominant performance to help Houston Rockets blow out Dallas Mavericks

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.

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."

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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