The following is a current list of NBA players who have scored 50 or more points in a game during the 2013-14 season. Scoring 40 or more points in a NBA game is a great accomplishment, but fans really start to notice players when they score 50 or more points in a game.
So far this season, there have been five players who scored 50 or more points in a game (one player did it twice, so their have been six 50 plus point games this season). Amazingly, three of the games came with eight days of each other, and two of the games happened on consecutive nights. Players are listed according to the amount of points they scored in a game.
NBA players who have scored 50 or more points in a game in 2014 season
1. Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) - 62 points
On January 24, 2014, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks scored 62 points in a game vs the Charlotte Bobcats. The game marked the first time since February 2, 2009, when Kobe Bryant had 61 points, that a NBA player scored at least 60 points in a game.
Carmelo Anthony's 62 points were the most in a NBA game since Kobe Bryant poured in 65 points in a game on March 16, 2007. The 62 points by Carmelo Anthony were a career high for him, a franchise record for the New York Knicks, and the most points ever scored by a NBA player in Madison Square Garden.
In the game, Carmelo Anthony made 23 of 35 shots from the field, including six of 11 threes, and Melo was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line to account for his career high 62 points. Carmelo Anthony also had 13 rebounds and zero turnovers in the game, which the Knicks won, 125-96.
From a career standpoint, scoring 62 points in a game really cements Carmelo Anthony's place as a great NBA scorer. Melo already holds the NBA record, tied with George Gervin, for most points scored in one quarter of a game with 33 points. Combine that with a 62 point game and a NBA scoring title, and you have one of the greatest scorers in NBA history.
2. LeBron James (Miami Heat) - 61 points
On March 3, 2014, LeBron James of the Miami Heat scored a career high 61 points in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. LeBron made 22 of the 33 shots he took in the game, including eight of 10 threes, and LeBron also made nine of 12 free throws to account for his career high 61 points.
3. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) - 54 points
On January 17, 2014, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder poured in a career high 54 points in a game vs the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant is another great scorer in NBA history, having already won three scoring titles and he is only 25 years old.
When Kevin Durant won his first scoring title at age 21, I believe he became the youngest player to ever win a scoring title in NBA history. Kevin Durant is leading second place player Carmelo Anthony by over four points per game for the 2014 scoring title, and Durant will be almost impossible to stop for his fourth scoring title this year.
In his 54 point game, Kevin Durant made 19 of 28 shots from the field, including five of nine threes, and he made 11 of 13 free throws to account for the career high 54 points. Kevin Durant also had six assists in the game, which the Thunder won, 127-121.
T-4. Kevin Durant (Thunder) - 51 points
On March 21, 2014, Kevin Durant scored 51 points in a double OT 119-118 win over the Toronto Raptors. Durant made 15 of 32 shots from the field, including seven of 12 threes, and he also made 14 of 19 free throws to account for the 51 points.
The seven threes tied Kevin Durant's career high for threes in a NBA game.
T-4. Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors) - 51 points
On January 25, 2014, Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors scored 51 points in a game vs the Los Angeles Clippers. In the game, Terrence Ross made 16 of 29 shots from the field, including 10 of 17 threes, and he made nine of 10 free throws to account for his career high 51 points.
The 10 threes made by Terrance Ross makes him just one of 18 NBA players to ever make 10 or more threes in a NBA game. You can see the complete list at NBA players who made 10 or more threes in a game.
Interestingly, even with the 51 point game, Terrence Ross is averaging just 10.2 points per game this season. I believe he has the lowest scoring average in NBA history for a season in which a player scored 50 or more points in a game.
Despite the 51 points by Terrence Ross, the Clippers beat the Raptors, 126-118.
T-4. Corey Brewer (Minnesota Timberwolves) - 51 points
On April 11, 2014, Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves scored 51 points in a 112-110 win over the Houston Rockets. Brewer made 19 of 30 shots, including two of six threes, and 11 of 15 free throws to account for his career high 51 points.
Amazingly, Corey Brewer had never even scored 30 points in a NBA game prior to his 51 point explosion. Brewer also had six steals in the game, joining Michael Jordan, Rick Barry, and Allen Iverson as the only other players to score 50 and have six steals in the same game. Kevin Love did not play in the game.