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Cade Cunningham Scores Career-High 22 points for Pistons

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma State

Cade Cunningham scored a career-high 22 points in the early stages of his NBA career as he and the Detroit Pistons fell to the Sacramento Kings, 129-107, on Monday night.

Cunningham, the former Oklahoma State player who went No. 1 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, has needed a bit of time to get going due to an injury that kept him on the sideline throughout most of training camp, preseason and the first week of the NBA season.

So, Cunningham’s current career high is not likely to last long. But, Cunningham’s performance was more than just a career-high in scoring. Per the Elias Sports Bureau:


‘Cade Cunningham (20 yrs, 51 days) became the youngest player in NBA history with at least 25 pts, 8 rebs, 8 asts and 5 3FGM in a game. He is followed by LeBron James (20 yrs, 100 days), Trae Young (20 yrs, 163 days) & Luka Doncic (20 yrs, 248 days).’

Cunningham had a well-rounded game for the Pistons, who are 3-10 on the season.

Before Monday, Cunningham’s NBA career high was on Nov. 10 against Houston, when he scored 20 points. Entering the Kings game, Cunningham was averaging 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

The Pistons face the Pacers on Wednesday.

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