His name is Terrence Ross. The only memorable thing he’s done in his 1-plus years in the NBA was win last year’s dunk contest.
So if you didn’t know who he was, you should now. Ross, a career 7.8 points per game player, exploded for 51 points in last night’s 126-118 loss to the Clippers.
For the game, Ross went 16 for 29 from the field, 10 for 17 from 3, and 9 of 10 from the foul line.
His performance wasn’t just shocking and happening completely out of no where, it was also one for the record books.
- Ross became the first player in NBA history to have a 50-point game while averaging less than 10 points per game that same season. (Elias)
- His 51 points tie the Raptors franchise record for points in a game. Vince Carter also scored 51 points back on February 27, 2000 in a 103-102 win over the Suns.
- The 10 three-pointers Ross hit are the 2nd most 3’s ever made in a 50-point game in NBA history. Stephen Curry hit 11 three’s in his 50-point game last season.
Ross’s previous career high for points in a game was 26 which he did back on January the 2nd.
Unfortunately for the Raptors, it wasn’t enough. Jamal Crawford scored 37 points off the bench, and Blake Griffin had 30 as Toronto’s brief 2-game winning streak was snapped.
DeMar Derozan, who had been playing so well for Toronto and is likely going to be a reserve in the all-star game, had to leave the game early in the 3rd quarter with a sprained ankle. His status for Monday’s night’s game against the Nets is unclear.