Jamal Murray set a regular-season career high on Friday when he scored 50 points in a dominating road win against the Cavaliers. It’s the third time he reached the half-century mark after his two 50-point games against the Jazz during the second round of the playoffs last season.
It’s also the second time a Denver player has scored 50 points this season, 13 days after all-star center Nikola Jokic reached that mark against the Kings on Feb. 6.
Here’s a look at every single 50-plus-point performance by a Nuggets player during a regular-season game:
1. David Thompson, 73 points against Pistons, April 9, 1978
During the Nuggets’ regular-season finale, Thompson dropped what was the third-highest scoring performance in NBA history — and most by a player not named Wilt Chamberlain — in an attempt to win the NBA scoring title. However, San Antonio’s George Gervin put up 63 points to edge Thompson by less than 0.1 points average to claim the honor. Denver, which already clinched first place in the Midwest Division, lost, 139-137, on the road.
2T. Alex English, 54 points against Rockets, Nov. 19, 1985
The Nuggets’ all-time leading scorer had his best scoring performance in a 127-113 home win over Houston. English shot 21 of 30 from the field and a perfect 12 for 12 from the free-throw line. He also added four rebounds and an assist in the victory.
2T. Michael Adams, 54 points against Bucks, March 23, 1991
The 5-foot-10 point guard’s numbers benefitted from coach Paul Westhead’s frantic offense. Adams averaged career highs in points (26.9) and assists (10.6) during the 1990-91 season and scored at least 40 points in five games — the most in this 140-136 home loss to the Bucks. Adams shot 17 for 31 (7 of 16 from 3-point range) and added nine assists in the loss.
4T. Kiki VanDeWeghe, 51 points against Pistons, Dec. 13, 1983
This was — and still is — the highest-scoring game in NBA history. VanDeWeghe had the most points of the four players who put up at least 40 points that night. He also added nine rebounds and eight assists in the triple-overtime loss at McNichols Arena.
4T. Alex English, 51 points against Heat, March 10, 1989
English recorded the second 50-plus-points performance of his career at the age of 35. However, the Nuggets lost in double overtime, 131-130, to the first-year Miami Heat squad.
4T. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 51 points against Jazz, Dec. 7, 1995
Abdul-Rauf erupted from 3-point range, connecting on 9 of 14 shots from beyond the arc in a 124-119 win over the Utah Jazz on the road. He shot 17 of 27 from the field and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free-throw line.
4T. Allen Iverson, 51 points against Lakers, Dec. 5, 2007
Iverson was a four-time NBA scoring champion before his trade to Denver but still had plenty left in the tank upon joining the Nuggets. In this 111-107 home loss to Los Angeles, he put up his eighth and final 50-point regular-season game, shooting 18 of 27 from the field and 15 of 18 from the charity stripe. He also had eight assists.
8T. Kiki VanDeWeghe, 50 points against Spurs, Jan. 11, 1984
VanDeWeghe led all scorers in a game that totaled more than 300 points — all in regulation. The Nuggets forward shot 21 of 30 from the field and was a perfect 7 of 7 from the free-throw line in Denver’s 163-155 home less to San Antonio.
8T. Carmelo Anthony, 50 points against Knicks, Nov. 27, 2009
Melo recorded his first 50-point game in the NBA after shooting 17 of 28 from the field (1-for-4 from beyond the arc) and 15 of 16 from the free-throw line. He also added six rebounds and five assists and Denver defeated visiting New York, 128-125, at the Pepsi Center.
8T. Carmelo Anthony, 50 points against Rockets, Feb. 7, 2011
Two weeks before he was traded to the Knicks, Anthony reached the half-century mark for the second-time in his career during a 108-103 loss to the visiting Rockets. He shot 16 for 24 from the field and added 16 more in free throws. He also had 11 rebounds, a steal and three blocks.
8T. Nikola Jokic, 50 points against Kings, Feb. 6, 2021
Almost exactly 10 years since Denver’s last 50-point performance, the Nuggets all-star center reached the mark for the first time in his career. Big Honey went 20-for-33 from the field (3 of 6 from 3-point land) and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. He also added eight rebounds, three blocks and 12 assists in the Nuggets’ 119-114 losing effort in Sacramento.
8T. Jamal Murray, 50 points against Cavaliers, Feb. 19, 2021
Murray was unconscious from the field, hitting 21 of 25 — including 8 of 10 from beyond the arc — en route to the Denver road win over Cleveland. What makes this even more remarkable is that he didn’t visit the charity stripe once during the game. It’s the highest-scoring performance for a player who didn’t attempt a single free throw.