NBA: Top 3 highest-scoring games of Jamal Crawford's career

Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 8th overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft. He has played on several teams during his long NBA career, and has won the Sixth Man of the Year award three times.

The 38-year-old is known for his crossover move and he uses his terrific ball-handling skills to score buckets. Widely recognised as one of the greatest Sixth Men to ever play in the NBA, he is currently playing for the Phoenix Suns after signing a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with the franchise.

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Crawford's decorated NBA career is filled with a lot of breath-taking performances. In this article, let us take a look at three of his highest-scoring games in the NBA.

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Surprisingly, none of them were with the LA Clippers.


#3 50 at Toronto Raptors, 11 April 2004

Jamal Crawford scored 50 points against the Chicago Bulls. Credit: ABS-CBN
Jamal Crawford scored 50 points against the Chicago Bulls. Credit: ABS-CBN

Stat line: 50 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block on 52.9% shooting

The Chicago Bulls were 22-57 and with the regular season in its final week, the Bulls were already out of playoffs contention. With nothing to lose, Crawford went off for his first 50-points game and the Bulls registered an impressive win.

Even though Crawford was impressive in the first three quarters, his most efficient quarter was the final quarter where he dropped 24 points and brought the Bulls back into the game. However, the regulation period was not enough to decide the winner and the game went into overtime.

In overtime, with the Bulls up by three and with 1:03 remaining, Crawford delivered the dagger with a 15 foot jump shot to extend the Bulls' lead to five points. The Bulls went on to register a six point win, 114-108.

#2 50 at Charlotte Bobcats, 20 December 2008

This was Jamal Crawford's latest 50-point performance. Credit: SI
This was Jamal Crawford's latest 50-point performance. Credit: SI

Stat line: 50 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and a block on 53.8% shooting

The Golden State Warriors had a bad start to the season and were 7-20 when they visited Charlotte to take on the Bobcats. The hosts also were off to a rough start and were looking to turn the tables. However, Crawford had other plans and scored 50 points to lead the Warriors to victory.

In the first quarter, he scored 7 points for the Warriors and they were down by 2 points at the end of it. In the second quarter, he exploded for 16 points and the score was tied, 56-56 at halftime.

Crawford's second half offensive explosion, where he scored 27 points, helped the Warriors to an easy win. He finished the night with 50 points to go along with 2 rebounds and 5 assists.

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#1 52 vs Miami Heat, 26 January 2007

Jamal Crawford scored career-high 52 points against the Miami Heat. Credit: Sports Illustrated
Jamal Crawford scored career-high 52 points against the Miami Heat. Credit: Sports Illustrated

Stat line: 52 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals on 66.7% shooting

After a tough loss against the Phoenix Suns, in which Crawford scored a team-high 29 points, the New York Knicks were back at home and hosting the Miami Heat, who were coming off a two-point loss against the Indiana Pacers.

Crawford scored a career-high 52 points and the Heat got blown out by the Knicks.

The three-time Sixth Man of the Year did not have a great start to the game and scored just 3 points in the first quarter. However, he was quick enough to turn the tables and scored as many as 20 points in the second quarter, and the Knicks went into halftime with a 65-49 lead.

It is noteworthy to mention that the Knicks went on a 25-8 run to close the second quarter.

Crawford took his red-hot form into the third quarter and scored 23 points to torch the Heat. He finished the game with 52 points on 20-for-30 shooting, and the Knicks cruised to an easy 116-96 victory over the Heat.

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Edited by Musab Abid
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