Samuel Dalembert Sets NBA Record with Monster Game in Loss to Denver Nuggets

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Samuel Dalembert Sets NBA Record with Monster Game in Loss to Denver Nuggets

There might not be a greater point of emphasis in today's NBA statistics than efficiency.

But even the stat-obsessed world of basketball had never seen a performance quite like what Milwaukee Bucks big man Samuel Dalembert put forth on Tuesday night.

While his team wound up on the losing end of a 112-104 contest with the Denver Nuggets, Dalembert put on a performance for the record books. Via ESPN NBA scribe Chris Palmer:

Trust me, the stat line is worth a second look. If anything, it certainly warrants future consideration for affording him more than the 15.3 minutes he had been averaging heading into the contest.

While his per-36 minute averages have been impressive (13.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, a career-best 56.4 field-goal percentage), this was unlike anything he'd shown during his first season with the franchise. Prior to his 35-point explosion, his season-high effort was a 15-point effort on Nov. 17. And his previous career high was 27 points in March of 2011 while with the Sacramento Kings.

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Dalembert had not scored more than 20 points since Jan. 16, 2012.

What made this game any different from his first 26 games this season?

According to the big man, the answer was quite simple (via the Milwaukee Bucks' official Twitter account):

What really pushes the numbers into unbelievable territory, though, is the fact that he actually found 21 field-goal attempts (making 17) in those 27 minutes. And he did so with the shot-happy backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings logging a combined 82 minutes.

Of course, playing alongside those guards might have contributed to the Bucks' (25-22) unfortunate outcome. Michael Lee of The Washington Post:

Dalembert did not attempt a shot in the game's final six minutes.

Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari each poured in 22 points for the Nuggets (31-18), and Corey Brewer added 20.

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