The return of DeMarcus Cousins in Friday's meeting between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers was understandably the biggest story in the league that night, but it wasn't the only notable story from the game.
In a loss, Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) tied a career-high with 24 points to go along with five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 42 minutes, a performance that earns him Canadian moment of the week.
Shining bright on the national stage. @shaiglalex matched a career-high with 24 points last night.- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 19, 2019
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Gilgeous-Alexander was aggressive throughout the night, going 7-for-17 from the field and seemingly getting to the free throw line at will. He finished the night shooting 10-for-10 from the charity stripe - career highs in both makes and attempts.
LA's head coach Doc Rivers has continued to show great confidence and trust in his rookie point guard, as he has started in 36 consecutive games after serving a reserve role in the first nine games of the season.
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The 20-year-old Hamilton native ranks in the top-10 among all rookies in points (9.8), assists (2.9) and minutes per game (26.8) and has spent time on the floor with the team's late-game lineups.
As the Clippers look to remain relevant in a tightly-contested Western Conference playoff race, they will need Gilgeous-Alexander to continue to display a veteran's poise throughout the remainder of the season. They take on the Mavericks, Heat, Bulls and Kings in the upcoming week.
|Week 1||Kelly Olynyk's first-ever game winner||WATCH|
|Week 2||Jamal Murray dunks over the Lakers||WATCH|
|Week 3||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gets fancy on the break||WATCH|
|Week 4||Dwight Powell's alley-oop finish||WATCH|
|Week 5||Andrew Wiggins elevates through contact||WATCH|
|Week 6||Nik Stauskas beats the buzzer from 40 feet out||WATCH|
|Week 7||Trey Lyles shows off his range to beat the buzzer||WATCH|
|Week 8||Wiggins rises for the putback slam||WATCH|
|Week 9||Murray sits down with NBA Canada||WATCH|
|Week 10||A look back at the best Canadian Christmas Day performances||READ|
|Week 11||Murray scores 46 against Suns||WATCH|
|Week 12||Wiggins' career first half helps Wolves past Lakers||WATCH|
|Week 13||Khem Birch gets up for big putback slam||WATCH|