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Malachi Flynn scores 50 points off the bench in Pistons loss, sets franchise reserve scoring record



In the event you didn’t suppose the Detroit Pistons’ season might get any weirder, Malachi Flynn scored 50 factors in a 121-113 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Flynn’s 50-ball is probably the most by a bench participant and eighth-most by any participant in Detroit’s historical past. It’s additionally the second-most factors by a participant off the bench in NBA historical past (tied with Nick Anderson’s 50-piece in 1993), after Jamal Crawford’s 51-point sport in opposition to Dallas in 2019.

Flynn, who has averaged 5.2 factors per sport for his profession, has the bottom scoring common of any participant with a 50-point sport in NBA historical past.

“It’s more durable to place (in perspective) since you wish to win. But it surely positively feels good,” Flynn stated after the sport. “I believe in a pair days I’ll be capable to put it into perspective.”

Flynn added that this was his first 50-point sport at any stage of basketball.

“I virtually did in highschool. I had 49 and my coach took me out. I nonetheless have a grudge,” he stated.

Flynn, who was acquired by the Pistons on the NBA commerce deadline, had a earlier profession excessive of 27 factors.

The 25-year-old guard, who’s generously listed as 6-foot-1, was a first-round choose in 2020. He joins the likes of Corey Brewer, Saddiq Bey and Tony Delk as obscure gamers to enter the celebrated 50-point membership.

With Cade Cunningham out and Jaden Ivey struggling, Flynn performed 34 minutes and was 18 of 25 from the sector in Detroit’s loss.

“He simply works on his sport. He’s within the fitness center each morning, just about an hour earlier than observe, perhaps extra,” Pistons coach Monty Williams stated. “You noticed that tonight.”

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