Fred Vanfleet He set a record in the Toronto Raptors franchise and a record-breaking record for non-manufactured players by scoring 54 points in Toronto’s 123-108 win over the Orlando Magic Tuesday night.
“The time has come … the time has come,” Van Fleet told SportstNet in Toronto. “I’ve missed a lot of open games this season, more than I usually do, but it’s about time. Sometimes you get in that groove and you find that area, and tonight I manage to do it and my teammates do an incredible job of finding me and sorting for me and bringing the ball to me In my place. Many of them were just toys. “
VanVleet scored both records with a corner kick with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter, a bucket that simultaneously surpassed DeMar DeRozan’s Raptors record of 52 as well as Hall of Famer Moses Malone’s 53-point record for an unpolished player. Fanfleet scored nearly half of Toronto’s points in a comfortable win.
VanVleet quickly started scoring 17 points in the first quarter, scoring all five of his 3-point attempts. By the end of the first half, he had reached 28 points, scoring eight three-pointers. He surpassed his previous career high of 36 points in the middle of the third quarter, reaching 46 and 11 making 3-pointers after three quarters.
VanVleet wasn’t able to chase Donyell Marshall’s franchise record in one of 12 three-pointers or Klay Thompson’s record in the NBA of 14. When he came back in the fourth quarter, he made two free throws after a drive error and then made three unchallenged corner kicks It has to get to the record sum.
He said he expected to hear from DeRozan, his former team-mate, who he said was considering him because he approached the record.
“It was only a matter of time,” VanVleet said with a smile going past the DeRozan brand. “Every time I get 30, I usually get a text message from DeMar saying I’m weak for not exceeding his record. So I was definitely thinking about it when I got close to the extension.”
DeRozan took to Twitter shortly after the match to congratulate VanVleet, writing in part, “Glad you’re a champ! He’s telling you!”
VanVleet finished 17th to 23rd from the field, including 11 against 14 on 3-pointers, and 9 against 9 from the free throw line. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 robberies and 3 blocks in 37 minutes for Toronto, which swept two games with Orlando.
Now in its fifth season, VanVleet previously set a different kind of record for this unoccupied off-season player when he signed a four-year contract worth $ 85 million to stay with the Raptors, which he signed outside of Wichita in 2016. The contract was the largest unpolished player in History of the NBA.