Everybody appears to have caught the scoring bug.
There have been 19 50-point video games charted throughout the 2021-22 marketing campaign, and that whole is on tempo to be shattered as we’ve already had 14 such outings earlier than this season’s midway level.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 55-point explosion on Tuesday vs. the Washington Wizards concluded a stretch of 4 50+ level video games in 5 days. Apparently, worldwide gamers are liable for a lot of the high-scoring outputs this season.
Luka Doncic (34.3 ppg), Joel Embiid (33.5) and Antetokounmpo (32.8) make up the highest three scoring leaders and all rank within the high 5 in probably the most 40 and 30-point video games tallied this season.
It’s cheap to imagine that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell’s 71-point outburst will stay the top of high-scoring performances all season, however on the fee these outbursts are occurring, it’s not out of the realm of chance that one of many aforementioned gamers tops it.
*All stats by means of Thursday, Jan. 5
This Version’s standout
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks (Slovenia)
Stats over final 2 weeks: 41.4 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 8.9 apg
The 23-year-old famous person isn’t any stranger to placing up gaudy numbers, however his current stat strains have been flat out ridiculous – in a great way. Since our final version, Doncic has tallied a league-best three 50+ level video games, together with a 60-point, 21-rebound, 10-assist masterpiece in a win over the New York Knicks. Doncic got here again to Earth a bit in Thursday’s loss to the Boston Celtics, however the Mavs had received seven straight previous to that and Doncic had put up 30 factors or extra in six straight outings.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (Greece)
Stats over final 2 weeks: 37.7 ppg, 15.8 rpg, 6.5 apg
Milwaukee appears to be righting the ship. After a season-worst four-game shedding streak, the Bucks have received three straight, largely as a consequence of Antetokounmpo’s current tear. The “Greek Freak” is averaging 43.3 factors and 18.3 rebounds over his final 4 showings, together with back-to-back 40-point, 20-rebound video games. The looming query for Milwaukee is when Khris Middleton can return to offer some much-needed help for Antetokounmpo. Offseason wrist surgical procedure and a current knee damage has triggered Middleton to overlook 31 of the Bucks’ 38 video games thus far.
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (Serbia)
Stats over final 2 weeks: 26.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 10.6 apg
Jokic didn’t need to do a lot in Denver’s 31-point rout of the LA Clippers on Thursday, because the reigning back-to-back Kia MVP tried simply eight photographs in 24 minutes of motion. But when anybody on the Nuggets deserves an evening off, it’s “The Joker.” Since our final roundup, Jokic has posted three triple-doubles and a pair of 40-point video games. If Jokic retains acting at this fee, he’ll have a sturdy case for a 3rd straight Kia MVP trophy come season’s finish.
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers (Cameroon)
Stats over final 2 weeks: 37.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 55.8 FG%
Embiid’s stellar play has seemingly gone below the radar to this point, however he has arguably been simply as constant as any of the gamers talked about above. Embiid has charted the second-most 50 and 40-point video games and fourth-most 30-point video games this season. The Philly star has an opportunity to comfortably eclipse his 2021-22 factors per sport common (30.6), and he seemingly might want to if he hopes to win back-to-back scoring titles.
A couple of extra: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder; Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz; Domantas Sabonis, Sacramento Kings.
Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers (Canada)
Stats over final 2 weeks: 16.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 43.2 FG%
Indiana has climbed to seventh within the East standings after profitable 4 of its final 5. A big portion of the Pacers’ success may be attributed to Mathurin, who continues to offer regular manufacturing off the bench. By way of 39 video games, Mathurin has scored in double-figures in all however 5 of them.
Clean in transition.
Giannis finishes off his CAREER-BEST 55-POINT night time in textbook Giannis style. pic.twitter.com/FOPBC0Bg32
— NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2023
LAURI MARKKANEN MY GOODNESS 😱
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— NBA (@NBA) December 31, 2022
EVERY ANGLE of Luka’s RIDICULOUS game-tying putback bucket 🎬😱 pic.twitter.com/zVJAAKVw19
— NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2022