There have been some mind-blowing scoring performances in the NBA over the last few days that have caught my eye. First, Kevin Durant put up a career high 54 points, then on Friday night Mirza Teletovic scored 24 points in one-quarter, Chandler Parsons made 10 3-point shots in one half and Carmelo Anthony broke the Madison Square Garden and Knicks scoring record with 62 points. As unlikely as a couple of those performances were, the big game put up by Terrence Ross may have been the most surprising. In case you missed it, Ross scored 51 points on Saturday night as the Raptors lost to the Clippers 126-118. Some of the reasons for that are as follows.
1. Ross had a previous career high of 26 points.
2. His previous high for shot attempts in a game was 17. He attempted 29 shots against the Clippers.
3. His scoring in the ten games prior to his career night went as follows. 10, 3, 1, 10, 16, 8, 8, 14, 17 and 3. For those of you scoring at home, that’s an average of 9 points a game. In fact, he hadn’t scored a total of 51 points in his last 6 games (48).
To me that is the most telling stat.
As Ross so aptly showed on Saturday night, he has plenty of ability to be a big time player, but only time will tell if he can get there.
If nothing else, we saw the best he could be for one night.