As live action remains on pause with the NBA's current suspension from the coronavirus, take a look at 10 of the best individual performances so far this season!
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Utah Jazz
The Greek Freak went for 50 points, 14 rebounds and six assists shooting 17-for-31 from the field in the Bucks win over the Jazz back on Nov. 25.
Giannis recorded his second career 50-point game in the @Bucks' win over the Jazz!- FOX Sports Wisconsin (@fswisconsin) November 26, 2019
Full highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/kinQZiF2aM
Unfortunately for Giannis, Milwaukee's dominance prevents him from appearing again on this list because he typically gets to rest more than other stars on this list. He's played 32 minutes or less in 36 of his 57 games this season.
9. Damian Lillard vs. Utah Jazz
Lillard appears a couple of times on this list, mostly during his dominant stretch from January into early February.
IIn this case, it was a jaw-dropping performance in the Blazers 124-107 win over the Jazz back on Feb. 1.
Damian Lillard (51 PTS, 9 3PM) scores 47+ for the 5th time in 6 games and becomes the 1st player in NBA history to make 6+ threes in 6 straight games. pic.twitter.com/9JmLekPjnd- NBA (@NBA) February 2, 2020
Just one night after a game he'll never forget at the STAPLES Center - which we'll get to in a moment - the All-Star guard dropped 51 points and 12 assists shooting 17-for-29 from the field and 9-for-15 from beyond the arc.
One of the better performances from a red-hot few weeks for Lillard.
8. James Harden vs. Orlando Magic
On Dec. 13, The Beard destroyed the Orlando Magic for 54 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
James Harden (54 PTS & 10 3PM) couldn't be stopped as he dropped his 2nd consecutive 50+ point game! 🔥🔥#OneMission pic.twitter.com/61LZrQPoPQ- NBA TV (@NBATV) December 14, 2019
Harden was super efficient, going 19-for-31 from the field, 10-for-15 from 3 and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. It was his second-consecutive 50-point game, dropping 55 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers the game before.
7. Caris LeVert vs. Boston Celtics
This is the most recent performance on this list, from the only player that wouldn't be classified as a superstar.
LeVert had the best game of his career on Mar. 3 against the Celtics, scoring 51 points to go with five assists and four rebounds in the Nets' comeback win at the TD Garden.
🔥 CARIS LEVERT 🔥- NBA (@NBA) March 5, 2020
He had 14 PTS entering the 4th quarter Tuesday... he finished with 51!
🎶: "MOMENTUM" by @quancokley | @unitedmasters
🎧: https://t.co/qdewOF2wbL pic.twitter.com/SZEZdfnm3K
He scored 26 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 17-point deficit, then scored 11 points in overtime as Brooklyn left Boston with one of their best wins of the season.
6. Damian Lillard vs. Brooklyn Nets
Back on Nov. 8, Lillard was unstoppable.
Something to note: this is the only performance on this list that came in a loss, but Dame was just too good to leave it off.
⌚️ @Dame_Lillard goes off for a new career-high 60 PTS on 19-33 shooting. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/zguYBz32HG- NBA (@NBA) November 9, 2019
Lillard scored 60 points in 40 minutes of playing tme, going 19-for-33 from the field, 7-for-16 from beyond the arc and 15-for-15 from the free throw line, leaving it all on the court for the Blazers in a losing effort.
5. James Harden vs. Washington Wizards
Way back toward the start of the season on Oct. 30, Harden put on a clinic in an offensive showcase between the Rockets and Wizards.
With a final score of 159-158 in regulation, Harden's 59 points and nine 3-pointers game Houston the edge over Washington.
James Harden WENT OFF for 59 PTS! 😳#OneMission pic.twitter.com/qtIrUPNN3b- NBA TV (@NBATV) October 31, 2019
He shot 18-for-32 from the field, 6-for-14 from 3 and 17-for-18 from the free throw line, with one of those free throws winning the game in the final seconds. His performance edged what was an impressive night from Bradley Beal, who had 46 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
4. Damian Lillard vs. Golden State Warriors
In a continuation of his magical start to 2020, Lillard went for a career-high 61 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists in a win over the Warriors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
🔥 @Dame_Lillard GOES OFF for a career-high 61 PTS (career-high 11 3PM), setting a new #MLKDay scoring record and lifting the @trailblazers to victory in OT! #RipCity @adidasHoops x #FreetoCreate pic.twitter.com/KLhoqBnts4- NBA (@NBA) January 21, 2020
He shot 17-for-37 from the field, 11-for-20 from 3 and a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line.
To add to his performance, 19 of his 61 points came in the fourth quarter and overtime to help seal the win. Dame Time at it's finest.
3. Kyrie Irving vs. Chicago Bulls
Irving only needed 32 minutes to drop 54 points on the Bulls back on Jan. 31.
Kyrie Irving caps his special 54-point night (19-23 FGM) with the fall-away jumper to close out the Nets win. pic.twitter.com/Fg6Z3eaa6G- NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2020
He was insanely efficient in this contest, only missing four shots. He was 19-for-23 from the field, 7-for-9 from 3 and 9-for-10 from the free throw line in a win over Chicago.
2. James Harden vs. Atlanta Hawks
To one-up Irving from the previously mentioned performance, Harden only needed 31 minutes to score 60 points against the Hawks back on Nov. 30.
His 60-piece came on shooting 16-for-24 from the field, 8-for-14 from 3 and 20-for-23 from the free throw line while also dishing out eight assists.
Harden (60 PTS & 8 3PM) was all the way in his bag tonight! 😤#OneMission pic.twitter.com/E4l5P4N81C- NBA TV (@NBATV) December 1, 2019
Klay Thompson is the only other player in NBA history to score 60 points in less time than Harden, dropping 60 on the Indiana Pacers back in 2016 in 29 minutes of action.
1. Damian Lillard vs. Los Angeles Lakers
And the best performance of the 2019-20 season goes too... Damian Lillard on Jan. 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite the fact that this is his lowest scoring total on this list, it's a game that Lillard will never forget. This was the first game at the STAPLES Center since the passing of legend Kobe Bryant, with a pregame ceremony and all to honour the Black Mamba.
Lillard did exactly what Kobe would've loved to do, coming in as the road underdogs to go for 48 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and two steals in a win.
"Come out here and play our hearts out. The one thing that we know for sure we had in common with Kobe is the love of this game."- ESPN (@espn) February 1, 2020
-Damian Lillard wanted to go out and honor Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/j0r1nM0YXp
He shot 17-for-30 from the field, 7-for-12 from 3 and 7-for-8 from the free throw line for the game, but his third quarter was downright insane.
It was Lillard Time in the third frame, going for 23 points with six 3-pointers on just seven attempts. The Blazers turned a halftime deficit into a lead going into the fourth quarter behind Dame's outburst, going on to lead Portland to victory.
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