Breaking down the NBA’s all-time increase in 50-point performances this season

Breaking down the NBA’s all-time increase in 50-point performances this season

NBA scoring has seen a remarkable explosion so far this season, particularly among the league’s stars.

Already, 17 players have scored 50 or more points this season, which is the most the league has seen during the month of January since 1963, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The NBA could be on track for a record 50-point performance by the end of the season if this trend continues. There have now been 17 50-point games out of the 729 games played this season (42.88 games per 50-point game). By the end of the season, it would be the highest rate of 50-point games since the 1965-66 season when it was one in 40 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

But with a lot of season to go, there will be opportunities for other players, whether they be high-profile stars like LeBron James or even a lesser-known underdog, to take advantage of this season’s interesting scoring trend.

Here’s a look at every player who has scored at least 50 points in a game this season and the conditions behind their special nights:

Lillard managed to accumulate 50 points before the end of the third quarter in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz. Lillard’s performance featured nine 3-pointers, catapulting him past Vince Carter into sixth most all-time 3-pointers. Lillard now also owns the top five scoring performances in Trail Blazers history.

Jayson Tatum, 51 points, January 16, 2023

Tatum earned his final roar of MVP chants from the Boston Celtics crowd on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with his 51-point performance, capped off with 17 points in the fourth quarter of a 130-118 win against the Boston Celtics. Charlotte Hornets. It was the fifth 50-point performance of Tatum’s career, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Damian Lillard, 50 points, January 12, 2023

Lillard did his best with 50 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it wasn’t enough for his team to win as the Portland Trail Blazers fell to Cleveland 119-113. For Lillard, it was the third time in his career that he had scored 50 or more points in a loss, the last time being his 51-point performance in a 129-121 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, 55 points, January 3, 2023

Antetokounmpo set the new career high with his 55-point performance in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 123-113 win over the Washington Wizards. It wasn’t a one-dimensional performance for the former MVP, either, as he, too, had 10 rebounds and seven assists. For Antetokounmpo, it was his third straight game with at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Thompson was the hero in the Golden State Warriors’ dramatic 143-141 double-overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks with 54 points, helping Golden State make up for Stephen Curry’s absence at the time. It was an emotional moment for Thompson, as it was the most points he had collected since his return from a lengthy injury absence that began with a torn ACL in the 2019 finals and an Achilles tendon injury just before. from the start of the 2020-21 season. station.

Mitchell turned the NBA season around with a historic 71-point performance in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 145-134 overtime victory against the Chicago Bulls. The dazzling performance set the Cavaliers franchise record for most points in a single game and was the most points scored in any NBA game since Kobe Bryant’s 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. He became the seventh player in NBA history to cross that mark, joining Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, David Robinson and Devin Booker.

Luka Doncic, 51 points, December 31, 2022

Doncic’s third 50-point performance helped the Dallas Mavericks earn their sixth straight victory in a 126-125 win over the San Antonio Spurs on New Year’s Eve. Doncic closed out the game with two rebounds and two free throws in the final 4.5 seconds to clinch a decisive win over a Spurs team looking to break the Mavericks’ hot streak.

Luka Doncic, 60 points, December 27, 2022

Doncic made NBA history when he scored 60 points in a 126-121 overtime win over the New York Knicks. His career best 60 points was really just one piece of the puzzle, as he also grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out 10 assists to become the first player in NBA history to record 60 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a career. match.

Luka Doncic, 50 points, December 23, 2022

Doncic began his blisteringly hot vacation week with a 50-point performance to help the Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets in a 112-106 win. His 50 points were the best of the season at the time, and he combined them with 10 assists and 8 rebounds, falling just two rebounds away from another triple-double. “Sometimes you know you’re going to take more shots than usual,” Doncic told reporters after the game. “When you feel hot, you feel like everything is going to come in.”

Siakam had 34 total points in the second and third quarters, including Toronto’s last 17 points in a span of seven minutes in the third in a 113-106 win over the New York Knicks. New York held Siakam to one field goal in the fourth quarter and limited him to nine points in the period. Siakam’s 52 points, tied for the second-most in a game in Raptors history, were the most by an opposing player at Madison Square Garden since James Harden scored 61 in 2019.

Devin Booker, 58 points, December 17, 2022

Booker scored 25 straight points for the Suns from 3:30 of the third quarter to 7:43 of the fourth quarter in a 118-114 comeback victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. “The only person that could have stopped him tonight was me taking him out of the game,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. Booker’s 58 points were the third most of his career and the most in a win. It was the fifth 50-point game of Booker’s career, and at 26 years and 48 days he became the youngest player to record five career 50-point games since Kobe Bryant, who had his fifth at age 24 and 217 days. .

Joel Embiid, 53 points, December 11, 2022

Embiid was serenaded with MVP chants during a 131-113 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Embiid became the third player in Sixers history to have multiple 50-point games in the same season, joining Allen Iverson (2000-01 and 2004-05) and Wilt Chamberlain (1965-66 and 1967-68). . It’s also Embiid’s 30th career game with 40 points and 10 rebounds. The only other player in franchise history to accomplish that feat was Chamberlain. “The ball just found me,” Embiid said. “I thought we moved the ball well all night and the ball just found me.”

Anthony Davis, 55 points, December 4, 2022

Davis’ performance in a 130-119 win against the Washington Wizards was one of the best of the 11-year veteran’s career. It was the second-most points he’s ever scored, and the most he’s had in a Lakers uniform when he joined Shaquille O’Neal as the only Lakers with back-to-back games with 40+ points and more than 10 rebounds. . It had been three decades since a player in the NBA amassed a stat line of 50 or more points, 15 or more rebounds, and three or more blocks while connecting on at least 70% of his shot attempts, like Davis (73% shooting). the field) reflected Patrick Ewing’s 50 points on 71% shooting, 15 rebounds and three blocks that the New York Knicks star got on December 1, 1990.

Devin Booker, 51 points, November 30, 2022

Booker scored a season-high 51 points in just three quarters in a 132-113 win against the Chicago Bulls. Booker scored 25 points in the first half and had 26 more in a sublime third quarter that included 10 of 11 shooting. After a contested three-pointer went through the net, “MVP! MVP!” chants broke out at Footprint Center, and the 26-year-old is certainly making an early-season case. “He felt like a double-sized hoop,” Booker said. “If I get up, he’s going to come in.”

Stephen Curry, 50 points, November 16, 2022

Curry’s 50-point night wasn’t enough for the Golden State Warriors to beat the Suns. The Suns’ starting five scored in double figures in a 130-119 win. The eight-time All-Star made 17 of 28 shots, shooting 7 of 11 from 3-point range. Curry was in his prime in the first half, making 10 of 13 field goals, including 4 of 5 3-pointers. The two-time MVP came into the game averaging 31 points per game and reached that mark on a free throw near the end of the second quarter.

Garland scored a career-high 51 points, including 27 in the fourth quarter, and made a career-high 10 3-pointers in a 129-124 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Cleveland played without injured All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen. Garland’s point total was briefly the most in the NBA this season, but about an hour later, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid scored 59 in a win over Utah.

Joel Embiid, 59 points, November 13, 2022

After scoring 41 points against the Atlanta Hawks the night before, the 76ers big man posted a career-high against the Utah Jazz along with 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 blocks in lieu of a 105-98 victory. Embiid all but led Philadelphia to victory by scoring 26 of the team’s 27 points in the fourth quarter, as well as recording five of his seven blocked shots in the final period. He became the first player to outplay both teams by himself in a fourth quarter (26-21) since Tracy McGrady in 2006. Coach Doc Rivers stated, “I’ve never seen a more dominant performance when you combine offense and defense. “.

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