Every week, with Thursday waving at me in the distance, I sit down and ponder the next throwback. And every week there are endless options when it comes to making, breaking or taking Raptors franchise records. Why? Because it’s a different kind of season, ain’t it?
Yesterday, NBA diehards took a moment to dwell in the purple and gold nostalgia of eight years prior. It was January 22, 2006 that Kobe Bryant went all superhuman with an 81-point game. That’s second in NBA history just under Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point circus. It was also against the Toronto Raptors.
Yesterday, Raptor diehards took a moment to dwell in the red and black present of a bounce back win. It was January 22, 2014 that DeMar DeRozan went all, well, this…
…with a 40-point game. He became the seventh Raptor in franchise history to score 40 points or more in a single showing. It was also a career-high night for him.
So who else scooped up the 40+ point props? According to @RaptorsMR, here’s the list of the six soldiers:
DeMar DeRozan is the seventh player in franchise history to score 40+ points – Carter, Bosh, Bargnani, Earl, Murray, Villanueva. #RTZ
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 23, 2014
Vince Carter: Hit the mark 14 times. He’s also the only Raptor to record a 50+ point game with 51 points in 2000. Here’s a reminder.
Chris Bosh: Made the map nine times between 2006-2010.
Andrea Bargnani: Banked a career high 41 points in 2010 against, yep, the Knicks.
Acie Earl: Logged a double-double with 40 points and 12 rebounds in 1996 against the Celtics who drafted him.
Tracy Murray: Nailed it as one of the originals on the 1995/1996 expansion team.
Charlie Villanueva: Set Raptors all-time rookie record in a game with 48 points (and 18 rebounds) back in 2005.