Jonas Valanciunas had the game of the season against the Washington Wizards. The Lithuanian center tabbed 29 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks, helping the Memphis Grizzlies take the win 127-112.
After game the Wizards’ head coach Scoot Brooks praised Valanciunas for what he was able to do against his team. “Valanciunas is a handful,” he said per Fred Katz. “He’s a good player…He’s an underrated player. He’s really good. He does so many good things for them. Not only does he do the obvious things, the subtle things he does.”
The 28-year-old center also made history in this game as his statline of 29 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks made him the first player in Memphis’ history with 25 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks in a single game.
In his ninth NBA season Valanciunas is averaging 16 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, making it the best season in terms of scoring.