LeBron James has high praise for Clippers Center Ivica Zubac who made history on Sunday night.
A seriously short-handed Los Angeles Clippers not only defeated the Indiana Pacers 114-100 on Sunday but also witnessed a historic performance from their Croatian Center, Ivica Zubac.
The Clippers were missing the duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in their lineup but Zubac rose to the occasion to save the day for Clippers.
In 36 minutes of play, Zubac ended up scoring a season-high 31 points on 14-17 shooting, a career-high 29 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He even dished out 3 assists.
With this stat line, Zubac made NBA history. This stat line does not come around frequently in modern-day NBA. In fact, according to ESPN, Shaquille O’Neal was the last player to record at least 30 points, 25 rebounds, and shoot at least 80 percent from the floor. Shaq did this way back in 2004.
Zubac also became just the third player in NBA history to have at least 31 points, 29 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a game. He is also the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did the same in 1978.
The massive performance of Zubac further added another feather to his record cap. He became the first player in team history to record both 25 points and 25 rebounds in a single game.
However, Zubac was fouled out in the fourth quarter, thus just coming up short of recording a 30-point, 30-rebound game, something that has been done only twice since the start of the 1983-84 season.
Speaking about his performance, Zubac said he badly wanted to get 30 and 30. “I was mad at myself because I wanted to get that 30 and 30 so bad,” Zubac said after the game. “It hurts. It’s definitely not as happy as I should be… It’s crazy. I always wanted to get a 20/20 game. It’s crazy to be mentioned with Kareem. It’s incredible.” (h/t: SI)
Furthermore, with 244 total rebounds this season, Zubac is now leading the league.
LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma has high praise for Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac’s historic performance surely got the fans and the NBA fraternity talking. Everybody is busy congratulating Zubac and every other pundit is having high praise for the Croatian star.
Take a look at Kuzma and LeBron’s tweet.
Kyle Kuzma said, “Zu one the most underrated bigs in the league and I’m happy you had a game like that for everyone to see wow!!!!!”
LeBron James chipped in and said, “FACTS!!! So underrated. ZUUUUUUUUU.”