Gary Trent Jr. turned into the Human Torch against the Cleveland Cavaliers, scorching his opponent for a career-high 44 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to victory.
In just his fourth game in a Raptors uniform, Trent notched a career-high 31 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.
In just his ninth game in a Raptors uniform, Trent only needed two-and-a-half quarters to tie that career high.
Converting his first five shots of the game, it felt like it would be one of those nights for the 22-year-old sharpshooter. He would only miss one shot attempt in the first half before burying his first two 3s of the second half to match his former career high.
His final shot chart was a thing of beauty.
Let's take a deeper dive inside the numbers to stack this performance against other prolific scoring nights in NBA history.
3: The number of players in NBA history to score 44-or-more points on 89 percent shooting
Jerry West. Mike Woodson. Gary Trent Jr.
According to Basketball-Reference, those are the only three players in NBA history that have scored 44 or more points in a game while shooting 89 percent or better from the field.
When West accomplished the feat in 1967 - well before the addition of the 3-point line - the Hall of Famer scored 45 points while shooting 16-for-17 (94.1%) from the field and 13-for-15 from the free throw line.
When Woodson achieved the feat in 1983, the NBA did not yet track 3-point attempts, only makes. He scored 48 points while shooting 22-for-24 (91.7%) from the field and 3-for-6 from the free throw line with one made 3-pointer.
As you can see above, Trent's career-high 44 points came on 17-for-19 shooting from the field and 7-for-9 shooting from long range. An impressive achievement, especially considering how many of his attempts came from beyond the arc.
107.9%: Trent's effective FG% - the second-highest in a 40-point game in NBA history
According to ESPN Stats & Info., Trent's effective field goal percentage - which is a statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth more than a 2-point field goal - of 107.9 was the second-highest in NBA history.
Only Klay Thompson, who had an effective field goal percentage of 110.0 in 2019, has recorded a higher level of efficiency.
Thompson's performance came on Jan. 21, 2019 against the Los Angeles Lakers, where he scored 44 points while shooting 17-for-20 from the field and an unbelievable 10-for-11 from 3-point range.
This was awesome to see from Trent, but man, do we miss watching Thompson play basketball.
2: The number of players in Raptors' franchise history to score 40-plus points on 80 percent shooting
For this one it's Hall of Fame-nominee Chris Bosh and Gary Trent Jr.
In 2008, Bosh showed out against Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Bosh dropped 40 points while shooting 14-for-16 from the field and 1-for-1 from 3-point range.
Any time your name is mentioned alongside Bosh in Raptors history, you're doing something right.
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