Boogie Joins Rare Company with Stellar Performance

DeMarcus Cousins enters the history books thanks to a dominant outing.
by Benedict Tagle

Tuesday evening’s thriller versus the Portland Trail Blazers will go down as one of the most memorable games of DeMarcus Cousins’ career to date. Falling just one-point shy of a career and Sacramento era franchise-high, Boogie scored 55 points while showcasing a plethora of offensive skills.

DMC shot 17-for-28 from the field, including 5-of-8 from long distance. Additionally, No. 15 drew 13 personal fouls on the Trail Blazers and converted on 16-of-17 from the charity stripe. With a true-shooting percentage of 77.5 and an effective field goal percentage of nearly 70 percent, there was no stopping the Kings superstar.

Whether from long distance, midrange or off the dribble, Cousins’ versatility was thoroughly on display. His effort last night made him the first player in NBA history to score 55 points, grab at least 10 rebounds, make five threes and record three blocks in a single game. Yesterday evening was also Cousins’ second career 55-point double-double. The only other player since 1983 with more similar games like that is none other than the great Michael Jordan.

The All-Star’s 5-for-8 three-point performance came completely from above the break, where he is shooting about 40 percent for the season.

From midrange, DeMarcus shot a perfect 3-for-3, drawing opposing players out to defend the big man. As a result, Cousins was able to take advantage of his mobility and ball-handling, driving past defenders for easy baskets. By night’s end, Cousins finished 7-for-11 shooting from attempts around five feet of the basket.

Boogie’s hot hand continued to scorch as he went 2-for-3 on pull-up jumpers, including 1-for-1 from long distance. On catch-and-shoot opportunities, the big man was 5-for-8 and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.

As opposing teams have learned throughout the season, it is imperative to have a defender close to Cousins throughout the game. On Tuesday night, when the nearest defender was four to six feet away, Cousins was a perfect 4-for-4, including 2-for-2 from downtown. When the closest defender was at least six feet away, he went 4-for-6, as well as 3-for-5 from three-point land.

The big man was most effective when he made quick decisions with the ball. When he had the ball for less than six seconds, his performance shined. When his touch time was two to six seconds, he finished 9-of-16 for an effective field goal percentage of 59.4. When his touch time was zero to two seconds, he shot 8-of-11 for an effective field goal percentage of 90.9 percent.

Against the Trail Blazers, Boogie was most effective on possessions of two dribbles or less. In these situations, he shot 66-percent overall and for 62.5 percent from long distance. He also had a stellar effective field goal percentage of 78.6.

Since 1983-84, DeMarcus is one of eight players in the NBA to record 55 or more points while attempting 28 or fewer shots. Cousins’ efficiency on Tuesday night will go down in the history books alongside the likes of Jordan, Kevin McHale, Karl Malone and other notable superstars.

In his last 10 contests, DMC is averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. For the season, he’s posting an average of 29 points and 11 rebounds. With numbers like that, the basketball world is on full watch for what Cousins will do next.

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