It’s been about four years since Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol was last selected as an all-star, but that doesn’t mean he lost a step. In a dominating performance against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, Gasol scored a career-high 46 points.
“It’s humbling. It’s very satisfying,” Gasol said. “I’m happy I was able to play well and that I’m playing well at this point in my career. My previous two 40-point games we lost. I don’t usually like guys having that amount of points because it takes away the rhythm of the other players. I’m all about balance and the team game. But I’m glad we’re able to work it out and win the game.”
Gasol also grabbed 18 rebounds in the Bulls 87-95 win and became the first player since 1997 to score at least 40 points and grab 15 rebounds at the age of 34+ years. Hall of Fame players Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and Karl Malone were the last players to accomplish the feat nearly 30 years ago.
H/N Chicago Tribune