Pierre Jackson Breaks NBA D-League Single-Game Scoring Record
Entering last night, NBADLeague.com's No. 1 Prospect Pierre Jackson had posted games of 40, 41, 43, 44, 46 and 49 points during his sensational rookie season. Then he topped not just his own marks, and not just this season's single-game league high, but the output of any player in the NBA D-League's 13-year history. Jackson's 58 points against the Texas Legends on Tuesday night broke the single-game scoring record of 53, previously held by Morris Almond (2008) and Will Conroy (2009).
It was the third time in the last five days that a player topped the 2013-14 season high: D-Fenders star and four-year NBA vet Terrence Williams dropped 50 against Idaho on Friday and Jackson's backcourt mate Kevin Murphy put up 51 in the rematch the next night. Making the performance even more amazing, Jackson shot 24 of 33 from the field, including 7 of 13 from three and 10 of 11 in the restricted area, to also break Murphy's three-day-old record for field goals made in an NBA D-League game:
Some more facts and figures from the historic night:
--For a while, it looked like Murphy -- or even Legends NBA Draft prospect P.J. Hairston -- would own the night. Hairston drilled three three-pointers in the first seven minutes of the game, while Murphy put up 16 in the first quarter and 28 by halftime. (Murphy, by the way, finished with 39 points on 15/23, bringing his numbers to 41.3 points on 62.5% shooting in his last three games.) But Jackson completely took over from the tail end of the third quarter into the fourth. From the 0:23 mark of the third to the 9:08 mark of the fourth, he scored 17 straight points for Idaho in the span of 2 minutes and 15 seconds, and he went on to pour in 27 points in the final quarter.
|All-Time Single-Game Scorers|
|58||Pierre Jackson (Idaho)||2/5/14|
|53||Morris Almond (Utah)||1/30/08|
|53||Will Conroy (Albuquerque)||4/8/09|
|52||Osiris Eldridge (Bakersfield)||12/11/11|
|52||Kenny Hayes (Maine)||3/4/12|
--Jackson, listed generously at 5-11, has now shot above 55% in six of his seven 40-point games this season (he shot "just" 14/30 in his 46-point game). His combined shooting in those games: 114/190 (60%) from the field, 47% (35/75) from three. In other words, he's not recklessly gunning for points; he's been deadly efficient.
--With 815 points in 27 games (for a league-leading 30.2 ppg), Jackson is well on his way to breaking former University of Washington standout Will Conroy's NBA D-League record for points scored in a season (1,300). The only question now is whether he'll stay in the league long enough to do so.