Crawford surpasses MJ as oldest player with 50+ points in an NBA game.
The big story coming out of Dallas last night was Mavericks lifer Dirk Nowitzki officially announcing his retirement after an incredible 21 seasons. Nowitzki, 40, finished with a season-high 30 points on 11-of-31 shooting in the 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns - but he wasn't the only vet doing work at the American Airlines Center.
39-year old Jamal Crawford poured in a game-high 51 points on 18-30 shooting, including 7-13 from behind the arc, as he became the oldest player in NBA history to rack up 50 points in a single game. Crawford's epic performance tops the 51 points Michael Jordan scored against the Charlotte Hornets as a member of the Washington Wizards when he was 38.
In addition the 51-point point effort, Crawford also chipped in five assists and five rebounds with a steal and a block to boot.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Crawford also became the first player to post 50-point games for four different franchises.
The Suns finished tied for the second-worst record in the league this season at 19-63, but that won't to deter Crawford from returning for a 20th NBA season. The 39-year old vet recently told Gina Mizell of The Athletic:
"Oh, no. That's the part I hate—the perception because of how things went this year. You may look at the numbers and (see) I'm only taking six shots a game. I think it's to be applauded (for me to) say, 'Hey, when I go in, I'm not going to jack up every shot.'
"This is the most assists I've averaged (since 2008-09). I'm truly trying to see others grow. I think we should look at that part of it. I'm passing more than I ever have."