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Terrence Ross scores 51 points, making Raptors and NBA history

Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Jonas Valanciunas; DeAndre Jordan; Jamal Crawford

Terrence Ross tied Vince Carter’s single-game Toronto Raptors scoring record with 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last night.


Terrence Ross?

  • The same Terrence Ross who went more than three weeks earlier this season without scoring 51 combined points?
  • The same Terrence Ross who had scored fewer points than J.J. Redick this season entering Saturday despite playing 18 more games than Redick?
  • The same Terrence Ross who began the night averaging 9.3 points per game?

That’s the one.

Ross’ career game boosted his season scoring average to 10.2, but that’s still historically low for a 50-point scorer.

There have been 307 50-point games since 1963-64, as far back as Basketball-Reference’s records go. Nobody – not Tony Delk, not Willie Burton – had a lower season average the year of a 50-point game than Ross.

To see how big an outlier Ross is, here are the other 306 50-point games, sorted by the season scoring average of each player. Ross’ points per game are represented by the horizontal red bar – the bar that every vertical line representing a previous 50-point game clears.


Since the Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Ross has started, and his role within the offense has expanded. He’s not a lock to remain the 50-point scorer with the lowest season average.

Ross could definitely catch at least Delk, who averaged 12.3 points per game in 2000-01, when he dropped 53 on the Sacramento Kings.

But it’s hardly a given Ross will get there.

How far back is he? He could score 51 in each of his next two games, and he would still trail Delk.

  1. purplehaze1127 - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Someone’s jealous of Melo’s 62.

    • muhangis - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Great article! Always felt like Feldman knows his stuff a bit better than the other PBT writers, not to rip on them. Toronto has been one of the more unintelligent teams when comes to drafting, it couldn’t be more evident than when they for strange reasons unknown chose Terrence Ross over Andre Drummond, a move which I still find astounding. In his two years, Ross’ talent and production proves that he was a tremendous overreach in the 2012 draft.

  2. buffalo65 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    What’s his average since the Gay trade? A much truer representation.

    • oasis511 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Over his last 7 games, he had 56 points total. That’s 8 points a game without Gay. The 51-point game boosted his averages as a starter to 13.2 points. So still not very good.

    • jstine35 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      From before to after trade, he went from avg’ing 7pts per game to 11pts per game. So even at 11pts per game he’d be well below the 12.4 of Delk. Maybe the 51 will set a trend and we’ll see more scoring from him here-out, though on the other hand his overall Jan stats — excluding the 51 pt outlier — are well below his Dec stats after the trade. So until last night he was regressing, not progressing.

    • southsiders05 - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      10.8 ppg

    • joeypeepee - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      It’s like 13 a game.

  3. johngalt1783 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Ross got aggressive on offense and had a breakout game.

    51 was definitely a surprise but he has the potential to ave 20+ a game. Did Ujiri know something NBA media types didn’t when he replaced Gay at PF with Ross? Based on Ujiri’s track record and the NBA media’s track record (see below) I would say he may very well have.

    Comparision highty touted Damian Lillard vs panned Kendall Marshall

    3FG% – Marshall 2nd in NBA Lillard 16th
    APG – Marshall 9.6 Lillard 5.7

    I am not saying Lillard is not one heck of an offensive force who doesn’t make clutch shots to win games. Of course he is. But Marshall is living up to his expectations as a pass first PG and is beating all expectations with regard to his three point shooting.

    • johngalt1783 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Corr. Replaced Gay at SF with Ross.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      What planet do you live on where most of the NBA media raved about Gay?

      • money2long - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM


    • oasis511 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Marshall is getting a big boost playing in an offense that caters to point guards. Like him or hate him, D’Antoni made Steve Nash into a two-time MVP when people thought he was washed up. Raymond Felton was averaging 17 and 8 playing for D’Antoni in New York, and then immediately dropped back down to 11 and 5 in Denver. Chris Duhon put up career-highs of 11 points and 7 assists per game, and Steve Blake was averaging a career-high 7.7 assists before he was injured. Don’t forget about a little thing that happened called “Linsanity” either.

      Give it a little time. Kobe will be back soon. So will Nash, Blake, and Farmar. We’ll see what Marshall’s numbers look like at the end of the year, but we’ll have to wait before we see what he’s capable of in a different offense.

    • joeypeepee - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Are you really comparing Lillard and Kendall Marshall lol?

  4. ufools - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Reminds me of Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore: ‘how did the game end? Yeah, sure he had a good day’

  5. pharohislife - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    This was insane because it did just come out of nowhere, such a random outburst and your just like woah, did he really do that? Did this guy really just drop 50 like that. Kinda like when Brandon Jennings scored 55 points in the 1st month of his Rookie Season. Boy, did we think Jennings was gonna turn into something special. Oh how we were wrong. But hopefully this kid Ross keeps getting better.

  6. djshnooks - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comparing Marshall to Lillard? Lmfao.

    Lillard was ROY…Marshall just got signed out of the developmental league.

    Not even close.

  7. joeypeepee - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Reminds me of when Tony Delk scored 53 in a game a while back. He averaged under double digits for his career too.

  8. imakcds - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    the 3 pt shot has changed the game of basketball, but the cardinal rule still lives, and is made quite apparent with 9 ppg Ross’ big game: Live and Die By the Outside Shot.

  9. kb2408 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Is there any defense being played in the NBA besides in Indy, Miami, Memphis and Chicago these days?!

  10. mcsuave - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Terrence WHO?????????

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