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Karl-Anthony Towns, Trae Young, Steph Curry make NBA history with scoring outbursts

It's the 1st time in league history that there were 3 players to score 45 or more points in 3 different games during the regular season.

On Monday, Trae Young, Karl-Anthony Towns and Stephen Curry made some NBA history.

To say Trae Young, Stephen Curry and Karl-Anthony Towns had it going Monday night would be a huge understatement.

Young finished with 46 points in a 122-113 win against Portland. Curry went off for 47 points (on his 34th birthday, nonetheless) in a 126-112 win against Washington. Last but not least, Towns played headliner, pouring in a career-high 60 points in a 149-139 win against San Antonio.

It was the first time in NBA history that there were three 45-point scorers in three different games.

Stephen Curry’s 47-point game

Stephen Curry notched 47 points on his birthday vs. the Wizards.

The reigning scoring champion Curry shot 16 for 25 with seven 3-pointers, dribbling past defenders and shaking coverage to make off-balanced shots.

Curry’s 47 points on his 34th birthday are the fourth most by a player on their birthday in NBA history.

  • Shaquille O’Neal | 61 on 28th birthday in 2000
  • Dominique Wilkins | 53 on 27th birthday in 1987
  • LeBron James | 48 on 25th birthday in 2009
  • Stephen Curry | 47 on 34th birthday in 2022

Trae Young’s 46-point game

Trae Young continued his hot streak with a 46-point outing Monday vs. Portland.

Trae Young scored 21 of his 46 points in the third period and the Hawks recovered from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Blazers.

He became the first player in the NBA this season to score 40 or more on back-to-back nights, per Elias Sports, having scored 47 in Sunday’s 131-128 win over Indiana.

“He does it every night,” teammate De’Andre Hunter said. “We’re used to seeing it, but it’s amazing still.”

Young’s second straight 40-point outing was the 24th of his career.

“He’s a guy who is going to establish the tempo for us,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “He’s done a good job of that in these last few games, playing faster and looking to attack and really be aggressive.”

Karl-Anthony Towns’ 60-point game

Karl-Anthony Towns scores a franchise-high and career-high 60 points with 17 rebounds in a road win over the Spurs.

As for Towns, all he did was score a franchise-high 60 points, becoming the sixth player in Timberwolves history to notch a 50-point game and the first to do it multiple times. Towns joins Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, James Harden and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with 60 points and 15 rebounds in a game.

Towns entered the third quarter with 56 points and 14 boards to join Carmelo Anthony as the only two players in the last 20 seasons with 50 or more points and 10 or more rebounds through three quarters.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.