You can choose to look at Darius’s career night in one of two ways: it was a fluke, or it’s what could’ve been. Me? I sincerely believe it’s the latter. Fourty-seven points is obviously an unusual explosion for a player of any caliber, but had Darius really, truly given a damn about reaching his full potential on the court… maybe it remains his career-high, but it wouldn’t be such a blatant outlier; that’s for damn sure.
Fluke or not, it’s a performance that’s worth a watch. Be sure to ball your fists and touch your forehead after each of his scores.
Some of those dunks… Lord have mercy! If I may quote the great Chuck Swirsky, “that rim’s going on the injured list.” F@ckin’ video should begin with a violent content warning the way he’s dropping the hammer on ‘em.
Fun Fact(s): Darius Miles scored 30+ three times during his 446-game career. Two of the three 30-pointers came during a three-game stretch that bridged the ’04/05 and ’05/06 seasons. He scored just 8 points in the middle game (’05/06 season finale). Only once did his point total in the follow-up game amount to half of the 30+ he’d just scored in his previous outing.
I think I’ll pair him up with the word “inconsistent” next time I do another batch of NBA dictionary entries.