The Sacramento Kings took down the New Orleans Pelicans on the road in overtime Friday, 116-109, to get back in the win column after two-straight losses. There are a number of Kings players who deserve credit for the win. De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points, while Frank Mason III and Buddy Hield both came off the bench to score 12 and 18 points, respectively.
It would be criminal not to mention Zach Randolph’s name here, though. The stocky 36-year-old Randolph defied Father Time and held his own against the Pelicans’ twin tower combo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins by scoring a season-high 35 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in 34 minutes of play.
According to Tim McMahon of ESPN, with the help of Basketball Reference, Randolph’s monster effort against Pelicans has landed him a spot in a rare statistical club filled with luminaries.
Dudes to put up 35-point double-doubles at age 36+ (via @bball_ref): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Robert Parish … and now Zach Randolph
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 9, 2017
O’Neal was the last one to do it before Randolph when the Hall of Fame center pumped in 45 points and plucked down 11 rebounds in a 2009 game while playing for the Phoenix Suns in a win against the Raptors.
Randolph is having a solid showing in his 17th season in the league, as he appeared to have found the fountain of youth.
So far this campaign, Randolph is averaging 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while playing 25.2 minutes per game.