Half-century club: Top scorers of 2013-14

If you wanted to see points piled up as high as the Himalayas in 2013-14, the team to watch was in Charlotte. Not because the Bobcats were much of a threat to fill up the basket themselves. They ranked just 24th in offense.

But the Bobcats did give up the two highest-scoring individual games of the season, letting Carmelo Anthony explode for 62 points on Jan. 24 and then, six weeks later, becoming the victims when LeBron James went off for 61.

In all, there were a half dozen games last season when the half-century mark was topped. Not surprisingly, two of the others were by Kevin Durant, who won his fourth scoring title.

One thing to keep in mind. It helps to hit the long ball. In those six games, the big guns hit 38-for-65 (58.5 percent) on 3-pointers.

Here are the six games that cracked the 50-point barrier:

6. Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors
Jan. 25, 2014 vs. L.A. Clippers — 51 points (16-for-29 FG, 10-for-17 3PT FGA)

VIDEO: Ross’  big night

The crowd at the Air Canada Centre might have been less surprised that night had a UFO landed at mid-court. After all, Ross, a second-year guard who was the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, came into the game with a career best of 26 points. He blew through that by connecting on 10-for-17 3-pointers. It still wasn’t enough as the Raptors fell 126-118 to the Clippers. It was the only plus-50 game last season that came in a loss.

5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
March 21, 2014 at Toronto Raptors — 51 points (15-for-32 FG, 8-for-20 3PT FGA)

VIDEO: Durant’s big night

This was familiar ground for Durant, becoming his fourth-career 50-point game and the second time he eclipsed the half-century mark in the season. Durant had to pull the load after Russell Westbrook was lost to injury in the third quarter, carrying the Thunder by scoring 38 points after the intermission in a 119-118 double-overtime victory.

4. Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
April 11, 2014 vs. Houston Rockets — 51 points (19-for-30 FG, 2-for-6 3PT FG)

VIDEO: Brewer’s big night

How does a nine-year veteran with a career-scoring average of 10 points per game light up the scoreboard for five times that much? Well, it helps to be going up against the whipped-cream soft defense of the Rockets’ James Harden. Brewer just kept attacking the basket, making 19 of 30 shots and 11 of 15 at the free-throw line. Of all the players in the list, he made the least use of the 3-point line, hitting only 2-for-6 behind the arc. The Wolves beat the Rockets, 112-110.

3. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Jan. 17, 2014 vs. Golden State Warriors — 54 points (19-for-28 FG, 5-for-9 3 PT FG)

VIDEO: Durant’s big night

It wasn’t long after Westbrook suffered a setback with his knee and went back onto the shelf when Durant lit up the early part of the new year with his own special brand of fireworks. OKC certainly need all that K.D. could deliver on a night when the Splash Brothers of Golden State were lighting it up themselves — Steph Curry with 37 and Klay Thompson 26. On his way to a fourth NBA scoring title, Durant had more than enough in his tank to come through for a 127-121 victory.

2. LeBron James, Miami Heat
March 3, 2014 vs. Charlotte Bobcats — 61 points (22-for-33 FG, 8-for-10 3PT FGA)

VIDEO: James’ big night

Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins might have been the only one on the planet who was not impressed when the game’s current best player had the biggest night of his career. Wilkins criticized the Bobcats’ defense and their effort. But that doesn’t make it any less impressive that LeBron had the highest field-goal percentage (66.7) in a 60-point game since Shaquille O’Neal hit 60 on 68.6 percent shooting back in 2000. James tied his career high with eight 3-pointers and set Heat records with 25 points in a quarter and 22 FGs in a game in the 124-107 win. It’s what they’ll moon over in Miami when he’s missing this season.

1. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Jan. 24, 2014 vs. Charlotte Bobcats — 62 points (23-for-35 FG, 6-for-11 3PT FGA)

VIDEO: Anthony’s big night

There have been a lot of games played in the history of the NBA, but few demonstrations of shooting proficiency that topped Melo on the night he set scoring records for the Knicks and for Madison Square Garden. He was a sizzling 23-for-35 (65.7 percent) overall, 6-for-11 behind the 3-point line and a perfect 10-for-10 on free throws. Oh, and he didn’t commit a single turnover. The fact is that if the Knicks weren’t cruising to a 125-96 win over the Bobcats, Anthony likely could have gone much higher. He had 56 of his points in the first three quarters and didn’t play the final 7:18 of the game.


  1. mmmmmmm says:

    brewer exceeded expectations

  2. tan thuan kee says:

    the ross and brewer games were anomalies just like Brandon Jennings in his rookie season. Timmy D for 50 in a game next season !Go spurs!

  3. OKC says:

    Are you all serious? You seriously all think lbj is one person? Wow…. I mean I personally have been posting lbj replies for like a year and it’s super obvious I’m not alone. It’s funny how little people on this website understand internet culture.

  4. Heat Fan says:

    I bet all of you would agree that Chris BOsh should be on this list right now. He can go for 50 in any half. He’s the resson Pat Riley’s the beast ever.

  5. Ashton Burrow says:

    That fast break bucket from Melo is the worst travel in NBA history. He took like 6 steps!

  6. #24 > #23 says:

    Hey “OKC.. I mean lbj!”

    lbj’s a legendary troll! You can’t just impersonate lbj, give some respect!

  7. harriethehawk says:

    All of those above were exciting games to watch. But that Kevin Durant……

  8. OKC.. I mean lbj! says:

    By the way anyone can do this you just change your name to lbj and follow this formula.

    *Blank* won’t win his/her *#* ring playing with *blank*, *blank* needs to join our “king” Lebron in *South Beach or Cleveland it’s whatever at this point*. We will trade *blank* and future hall of famer Norris Cole for *blank* and *blank*.

  9. lbj says:

    You won’t score 100 points playing with the Knicks Melo, you need to join our “king” Wilt in South Beach. We will trade David Stern and future hall of famer Norris Cole via time machine for Melo and Linsanity.

  10. MR JAY says:

    yea wilt has unbreakable records..wilt is an nba legend..having seasons where he put up 50 ppg. but in todays game..no way he could score 100 and grab 50 boards lol..thats insane. melo coulda probably hit kobes 80 mark..i doubt 100 mark..if he did hed have to scored every basket for his 15 man roster lol then he would just be judged as seflish..at least in his amazing 62 game..he shared the ball a little

  11. mcbiz101 says:

    Reblogged this on McBiz101 and commented:
    Melo was going for Kobe’s 81. But it’s all good, we’ll settle for the 62. Knicks tape

  12. kenny says:

    i’m not taking away from wilts greatness but he was a 7 ft 2 in center playing against 6 ft 8 in or 9 in centers except for russel

    • aces says:

      So if that’s the case, how come greats like hakeem, kareem, David robinson, ewing, shaq, and ya not do it too. There were games where they were being guarded by guys 6’8 or even shorter like barkley, Chuck hayes, big baby, jus to name a few

      • charless702 says:

        LMAO. Chuck Hayes?? Hakeem, Kareem, Robinson and Patrick Ewing never played against Chuck Hayes. All those guys were long retired before Chuck Hayes was even in college. The same goes for Glen Davis. Also Shaq was an out of shape, fat, old man by the time Chuck Hayes or Davis got into the league. Your entire argument is invalid. Also Wilt played almost an entirely different game. Wilt could literally stand directly under the basket for as long as he wanted. If any of the guys you listed above played against the same competition and under the same rules you’d have the same, or better, results. Also Barkley rarely guarded those guys you listed. I’m honestly starting to question your age. The fact that you’d even bring up Check Hayes and Glen Davis is laughable.

      • asd says:

        Chuck Hayes and Big Baby, you crack me up man, did you start watching basketball 5 years ago?

    • marlon green says:

      Give Wlith his props! Who cares how tall he was and what era he was in. Shaq outweighed everyone he played by at least 40 pounds and never came close to what Wilt did and Shawn Bradley was 7’6 and he had more of a height advantage than WIlt and never scored 25 points. Stop Hatin! Then man owns half the records in the NBA record book.

    • Eddy Griff says:

      So if thats the case then how come 7 footers in college dont destroy the other schools. Remember 7 footers in the nba might not be rare but 7 footers in college are spread out. if one conference has multiple 7 footers thats a lot. That being said how come 7 footers dont score 50 pts playing 6’8 centers because in college centers can be 6’8 or 6’9. Pls stop. if you would have said wilt dominated because there was no 3 seconds in the paint back then fine. but dont say it was only because he was taller than everybody else.

  13. boogie nights says:

    Third time I’ve seen lists like this on HT, amazing stats blah blah

  14. Hov says:

    LeBron was close to having a second 50 point game when he had 48 points and had an opportunity to score his 49th and 50th points on free throws, and of course he missed the second -___-

    And I remember seeing Melos 50 point game… The crowd didn’t sound interested at all until Melo hit the half court shot to end the first half… Pathetic

  15. Bob says:

    One word comment: Wilt