After getting traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in February, DeMarcus Cousins made his return to Sacramento when the Pelicans played the Kings on Thursday night at Golden 1 Center. Boogie played in Sacramento for seven seasons and was a three-time All-Star.
And during player introductions, Kings fans gave Cousins a standing ovation.
Sacramento welcomes Boogie back ? pic.twitter.com/IeDOfflVYu
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 27, 2017
Then the game happened, and Kings fans probably weren’t liking Cousins quite as much. Boogie went off for 41 points, 23 rebounds, and six assists in the Pelicans’ 114-106 win. He’s the first player in NBA history to score at least 40 points, pull down at least 20 rebounds, dish out at least five assists, and hit at least three three-pointers.
DeMarcus Cousins talks about his return to Sacramento
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 27, 2017
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) October 27, 2017
DeMarcus Cousins becomes 3rd player in #NBA history to record 40 pts/20 rbs against their former team, joins Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone.
— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) October 27, 2017
Anthony Davis missed this game due to a knee injury suffered in Portland on Tuesday, so the Pelicans really needed Boogie to carry the load on Thursday night, and he certainly delivered.