He finished with 43 points on the night, allowing him to join a rather elite group: the 40-point club. So far, there have been only five members during the 2013-14 season:
Now there are six.
Irving and Afflalo are the only players who needed an extra period (or two) to gain entry, but that doesn't diminish the accomplishment. Even though he used an additional 10 minutes against arguably the worst defense in the NBA, the Orlando 2-guard should still be quite proud of his accomplishment.
Forty points isn't an easy milestone to crack, no matter how much time is spent on the court.
Afflalo was particularly potent shooting from beyond the arc, drilling five triples, but he also thrived attacking the basket and drawing contact. In fact, he made 11 trips to the charity stripe, three of which came when Evan Turner ran into him as he faded away for three from the left wing.
Below you can see the distribution of his 27 field-goal attempts, courtesy of NBA.com:
That's what I like to call having your jumper working. With the silky-smooth stroke that once made him such a highly regarded young player, Afflalo lit up the scoreboard again and again, finding nothing but net from the left side of the court.
According to Basketball-Reference, this is only the ninth time that the shooting guard has dropped at least a 30-spot on the opposition. But it shatters his previous career-high of 36 and leaves plenty of hope that he could be a key part of the Magic going forward, especially because it's the fourth time he's hit 30 this season.
Remember, despite his journey from the Detroit Pistons to the Denver Nuggets to the Magic, Afflalo is only 28 years old. This may have been the first 40-point game of his career, but it doesn't have to be the last.
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