The Oklahoma City Thunder fell short in Utah, but it wasn't through lack of effort from Luguentz Dort.
Dort produced the best performance of his young career in the road game, pouring in 42 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and four steals in the 106-96 loss.
The scoring outburst topped his previous season-high of 26 points, and was sparked by an 18-point explosion in the first quarter alone.
Lu Dort vs the Jazz:- StatMuse (@statmuse) April 14, 2021
42 PTS (career-high)
7 3PT (career-high)
Only one player has scored more points before turning 22 in OKC franchise history - Kevin Durant. pic.twitter.com/GuNq1w77sP
The 21-year-old became just the sixth OKC player to score 40 points, joining Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Paul George and teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
The point total also included another career-high with seven 3-point makes, with both statistical marks eclipsing his 30-point, six 3-point make effort in Game 7 of the first round of last year's playoffs against the Houston Rockets.
Known for his defence first, Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault was quick to remind that the second-year player was also tasked with the responsibility of guarding Utah star Donovan Mitchell for most of the night. Mitchell finished with 22 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor.
Dort acknowledged his scorching hot performance during postgame media, while still lamenting the fact his squad couldn't get the win.
"I don't really talk when I play. I was cookin' tonight, but we didn't win the game," Dort told reporters. "I'm always looking to win, but I know I was cookin'."
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