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The NBA’s scoring frenzy: why are we seeing so many 50-point games?

Eight different players have scored at least 50 points in a game this season, equalling an NBA record – but there is a certain amount of inflation at work here

When the smoke cleared, Jimmy Butler had scored 52 points, 17 of them in the game’s final four minutes. On Monday night, the now-unquestionable leader of the Chicago Bulls had the biggest game of his NBA career, practically willing his team to a 118-113 win over the Charlotte Hornets. It was a remarkable individual performance, yet it might not have been the most impressive game a player has had this NBA season, or even in the last week.

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