The Biggest Fluke Scoring Performances in NBA History (Update)

April 14, 2014

About six weeks ago I wrote about the biggest fluke scoring performances in NBA history. This past Friday night we had a new name to add to the mix: Corey Brewer, who’s stunning 51-point performance bested his previous career high by 22 points.

Please read the blog post linked above for complete details, but just to summarize a player’s “fluke” score is determined using the following formula:

(Pts – Avg)2 / Avg

where “Avg” is the player’s season scoring average.

Prior to Brewer’s explosion, here were the five biggest fluke 50-point games in the regular season:

Name Date PTS Avg Score
Terrence Ross 2014-01-25 51 11.0 146
Tony Delk 2001-01-02 53 12.3 135
Fred Brown 1974-03-23 58 16.5 105
Andre Miller 2010-01-30 52 14.0 103
Brandon Jennings 2009-11-14 55 15.5 101

Ross’ score has actually come down a bit since the original post, as his season scoring average has risen from 10.6 points per game to 11.0 points per game over that span.

So where does Brewer’s game fit in? Here’s the calculation:

(51 – 12.19)2 / 12.19 = 124

That would put Brewer in third place, behind Ross and Delk but well ahead of Brown:

Name Date PTS Avg Score
Terrence Ross 2014-01-25 51 11.0 146
Tony Delk 2001-01-02 53 12.3 135
Corey Brewer 2014-04-11 51 12.2 124
Fred Brown 1974-03-23 58 16.5 105
Andre Miller 2010-01-30 52 14.0 103

For reasons stated in the prior post, I would still put Delk at the top of my list of biggest fluke scoring performances in NBA history. But Brewer’s effort was a noteworthy one, good enough to make him a starter on the “He Scored 50 Points???” team.

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