Pistons’ Malachi Flynn makes history with surprising 50-point performance vs Hawks


Going into Wednesday night time’s slate of matchups across the NBA, Detroit Pistons level guard Malachi Flynn was most likely probably the most unlikely participant anybody would have anticipated to have the sport that he did in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks.

Flynn, who averages about 14 minutes per sport for his total NBA profession, got here off the bench to attain 50 factors in 34 minutes. He was 18-of-25 from the sphere and made 5 3-pointers.

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Detroit Pistons level guard Malachi Flynn goes up for a layup in opposition to Hawks ahead Bruno Fernando, Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Picture/Jason Allen)

The Hawks received the sport 121-113 and clinched a spot within the NBA play-in match.

“Proper now, it is powerful as a result of on the finish of the day you wish to win,” Flynn mentioned. “Nevertheless it does really feel good to sort of take within the second. I’m certain a few days from now, it’ll really feel actually good.”

Flynn’s 50 factors had been put in historic context. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon relayed the word from Elias Sports activities Bureau. Flynn had the bottom scoring common from any participant earlier than they dropped 50 factors in a sport. He was averaging 5.2 factors per sport earlier than Wednesday night time.

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Malachi Flynn plays defense

Hawks guard Kobe Bufkin dribbles round Detroit Pistons guard Malachi Flynn, Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Picture/Jason Allen)

“He simply works on his sport,” Pistons head coach Monty Williams mentioned, by way of The Detroit Information. “He is within the fitness center each morning, just about an hour earlier than apply, perhaps extra. He works on his sport. All these pictures that he made are pictures I see him engaged on daily. It wasn’t simply that. He had some well timed passes that inform you a large number about him as a participant.”

The Pistons are Flynn’s third group this season.

He began with the Toronto Raptors and performed 31 video games for them. He then moved to the New York Knicks earlier than becoming a member of Detroit.

Malachi Flynn looks on

Malachi Flynn of the Detroit Pistons throughout a timeout within the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ sport at State Farm Enviornment on April 3, 2024, in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photos)

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The Raptors chosen Flynn within the first spherical of the 2020 draft. He performed simply over three seasons in Toronto.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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