He torched the Bulls for 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and a block in one of the best performances of the NBA season.
Cousins joined some notable company in the process:
He did enough to impress LeBron James:
While Cousins has mostly made a name for himself as a four-time All-Star because of his scoring and rebounding ability as a dominant frontcourt presence, he needed to show off his passing to reach the triple-double. He unleashed one long one in New Orleans that would have made Drew Brees jealous:
Despite the showing, Cousins had one thing on his mind after the win:
Teammate Rajon Rondo provided his version of the ice tub:
For as great as Cousins was, it took more than a one-man show to overcome Chicago's 18-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Davis was also brilliant with 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block, and he hit two clutch free throws to put the Pelicans ahead by two with three seconds remaining in regulation.
However, his outing was just a footnote, as Josh Eberley of Hoop pointed out:
It wasn't all good for Cousins, though, as Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen got him on one dunk and a fan apparently caught his attention during the contest:
The Pelicans figure to be a dangerous postseason team if Davis and Cousins continue to play at an elevated level. They are now 25-21 and sitting in the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference standings thanks to a 5-1 stretch in their last six.
They face the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday before an opportunity to make up some ground during a span of six games in a row against Western Conference foes.