Jonas Valanciunas will remember Monday night all his life.
The Lithuanian big man had an all-age game, setting and breaking multiple records in the process, and helping the Pelicans to a comfortable 123-104 victory over the Clippers.
Going into this contest, Valanciunas was averaging his career highs across the board with 18.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while hitting a triple per game with a 46.0 percent efficiency. However, in this game, he went crazy.
Here’s a look at the records the Pelicans set, tied, or broke with their performance at the STAPLES Center (soon to be called Crypto.com Arena):
39 – Highest point count of his career
The 6-foot-11 big man’s previous career record was 34 points, but he quickly surpassed it by erupting for 39, 29 of which came in the first half alone.
The game’s 39 points and the half’s 29 points are his career highs. This is the one of the Valanciunas 11th career game to score 30 or more and the first as Pelican.
Eight of his previous 10 30-point games came as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, while the other came with the Toronto Raptors.
His explosion in the first half had his former teammate Ja Morant excited:
7 – High travel triples
The center did most of his damage from beyond the arc, knocking down seven 3s in just eight attempts for a ridiculous 87.5 percent efficiency.
He took down all those seven in the first half with a perfect shot. Here’s a look at this table of shots from the first half:
Valanciunas seems to like the Clippers defense this season. In two games so far, he has hit 12 3-pointers in 17 attempts, while he has made 18 in 41 attempts in the other 21 games.
His 7-for-7 shot in the first half put his name alongside an elite company:
From @ESPNStatsInfo: Jonas Valanciunas is the first player to go at least 7-7 with triples in one half since Trevor Ariza did it on 3/1/14.
The only other players to finish 7-7 on triples in a half from 96-97: Ariza, Stephen Curry, Ben Gordon, Shawne Williams and Raef LaFrentz.
– Andrew López (@_Andrew_Lopez) November 30, 2021
10-35-7: Joins Stephen Curry
With this performance, the Pelicans big man joins Stephen Curry as the only players this season to record at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and knock down seven 3-pointers.
Fun fact, both games were recorded against the Clippers. He also became the first player in franchise history to record those numbers.
39-15-7: Joins James Harden and Vince Carter
At the end, Valanciunas finished the game with 39 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes of play. That stat line along with his seven 3s made him the fourth player in NBA history to record those numbers.
Jonas Valanciunas finished Monday with 39 points, 15 rebounds and 7 triples.
He is the fourth player in NBA history with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 7 3-point field goals in a game.
The others are James Harden (x3), Vince Carter and Aron Baynes. pic.twitter.com/SsrNswbEpT
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 30, 2021
Among the players who score at least 39 points, 10 rebounds and seven triples, Valanciunas joins the Harden’s group (x3) and Carter.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.