Pistons winger Saddiq Bey lit up Thursday night’s duel between his team and the Orlando Magic by scoring 51 points, another spectacular offensive display in a championship game where they have been chained. The Pistons won 134-120.
With 17/27 shooting, including a very nice 10/14 three-pointer, Bey, 22, broke his career scoring record.
The Pistons are slightly behind their opponents, with 19 wins against 51 losses instead of 18-53 for Orlando. Both teams are already eliminated from the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, where they are in the last two places.
Saddiq Bey’s offensive performance, who is playing in only his second season in the NBA, is the latest in a remarkable streak: six different players have made eight games with 50 or more points since the beginning of March, a record for the American basketball league.
In addition to Bey, these players are Lakers star LeBron James (56 points against the Warriors, then 50 against the Wizards), Celtics winger Jayson Tatum (54 points against the Nets), Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (50 points against the Hornets, then 60 against Orlando), teammate Kevin Durant (53 points against the Knicks) and Minnesota interior Karl-Anthony Towns (60 points against the Spurs).