It’s been a historic scoring season in the NBA, and the Golden State Warriors are at the heart of it.
On Sunday, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 52 points in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The MVP candidate became the 11th player in the league to score at least 50 points in a game this year, setting an NBA record.
And three of those 11 players are members of the Warriors, as All-Stars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson have all eclipsed the half-century mark this season.
No other team has two such players, let alone three.
Here are the 11 players to hit the magic 50 mark this year.
Derrick Rose (Minnesota Timberwolves) - 50
Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons) - 50
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) - 51
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) - 51
Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) - 51
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) - 51
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) - 52
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) - 52
LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs) - 56
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) - 60
James Harden (Houston Rockets) - 50, 54, 57, 57, 58, and 61
The Warriors making up such an enormous contingent of this record is mighty impressive (as is Harden topping 50 on six different occasions).
The previous record of 10 such players came last year, though only one Warriors player (Durant) was on the list then. He was joined by Lillard, James, and Harden (x4), as well as by Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, C.J. McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Lou Williams.
We’ll see if any other players can add to the total before the season ends. Maybe DeMarcus Cousins, just to really make the Warriors stand out?