In the history of the Toronto Raptors, Vince Carter was the only player who had managed to top 50 points, dropping 51 against the Phoenix Suns during the 1999-00 season, per Basketball-Reference.com. But that's no longer true, as Ross tied the franchise record by going for 51 of his own on 16-of-29 shooting from the field as the Raptors fell to the visiting Clippers, 126-118.
As Doc Rivers said after the game, per Slam Online's Duane Watson, "We (the Clippers) left our defense at customs."
They did, and Ross took advantage in a big way, highlighted by these two monstrous slams:
He was a missed free throw at the end of the game away from moving into first place by himself, but I'm sure he'll still be okay with his performance. After all, he justified his status as a 2012 lottery pick in a single night.
Terrence Ross has 50 reasons why he's lived up to being the 8th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft— Mohamed Mohamed (@MoeSquare) January 26, 2014
Basketball-Reference.com also shows that Brandon Jennings was the last player 22 years old or younger to hit 51 points, and only nine different players had ever done so prior to Ross' torching of the Clippers. It's not like this happens every day, especially since the southpaw point guard's 55-point outing came in 2009.
What makes this truly special, though, is how out of nowhere the performance was.
Ross entered the game averaging just 9.3 points per game, and the most points he'd scored during the 2013-14 campaign was a 24-spot he posted against the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that doesn't exactly play defense.
Terrence Ross put up 50 tonight. In the NBA. His college high was 32.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 26, 2014
His career high came during his rookie season, and it was "only" 26. So much for that.
Ross might be forced to keep up this kind of scoring output for an extended period, though, as Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan was forced to leave Saturday's game with a foot injury.
Here's how Terrence Ross' monstrous 51-point night looked on the shot chart: pic.twitter.com/5NL07ScKoK— SB Nation (@sbnation) January 26, 2014
As you can see from the shot chart up above, Ross was just on fire from beyond the arc. The swingman was a made free throw away from doubling his previous high, and he managed to score 15 points in both the first and fourth quarters.
Terrence Ross scored 5.5% of his career points tonight. If Damian Lillard did that he'd score 136.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) January 26, 2014
To put that in perspective, Ross had only scored 15 in a game 14 times in his young career.
That's what you call a career night.