Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross scored 51 points in Saturday's 126-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, tying Vince Carter's Raptors record for most points in a game. Carter set the record in a February 2000 win over the Phoenix Suns, and he still has five of the top seven scoring performances in franchise history, nine years after leaving Toronto.
Ross was lethal from three-point range Saturday, connecting on 10 of 17 shots from beyond the arc in a tough loss. He also made nine of 10 free throws, but the one he missed came with four seconds left and would have given him sole possession of the franchise record.
Perhaps it's fitting that Ross tied Carter, as both are known for their leaping ability and three-point shooting. Saturday's game aside, the comparison may be a bit hasty, as Ross isn't the prolific scorer that Carter was at the same stage of his career. Carter scored 25.7 points per game in his second season, while Ross is averaging just 10.2 points this season, even after Saturday's performance.
Ross set an odd NBA record Saturday, becoming the first player in NBA history to score 50 points in a game while averaging fewer than 10 points per game beforehand. He's had an up-and-down sophomore season, so keeping his scoring average in double digits may be a challenge.