'Truly historic': NBA world stunned by never-before-seen moment

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, the basket that saw Toronto's Fred VanVleet set a new NBA scoring record.
Toronto's Fred VanVleet set a new NBA scoring record for an undrafted player. Pic: AAP/SN

Fred VanVleet has sent social media into meltdown after a history-breaking display in the NBA.

The Toronto Raptors star scored a career-high 54 points, which including 11 three-pointers, to help his side to a 123-108 win over the Orlando Magic.

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VanVleet made 11 of his first 12 attempts from three-point range, finishing with 17 of 23 from the field and a flawless nine from nine free throws.

Not only did VanVleet break the previous Raptors franchise record of 52 points scored by DeMar DeRozan in 2018, but he also etched his name into NBA history.

The 26-year-old's 54-point haul saw him set an all-time single-game scoring record in the NBA for for an undrafted player.

The fifth-year guard easily topped his previous high of 36 points set last season by scoring 17 in the first quarter, 11 in the second, 18 in the third and six more in the fourth before being lifted after the outcome was decided.

VanVleet's extraordinary display left the basketball world in a frenzy on social media.

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Toronto, which entered second in the NBA in 3s and attempts per game, connected on 20 of 46 shots from beyond the arc.

Once 2-8, the Raptors won for the seventh time in the past 11 games. They beat the reeling Magic for a second time in three nights and for the seventh consecutive time over the past three seasons.

Norman Powell had 23 points for Toronto, and Kyle Lowry posted a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Orlando, which has lost 12 of 14, tried almost every guard on its roster against the 6-foot-1 VanVleet with little to no success. He had three 3-pointers from at least 30 feet and hit a trio of catch-and-shoot 3s in transition.

Seen here, Toronto's Fred VanVleet takes the ball to the basket against Orlando.
Fred VanVleet was unstoppable in Toronto's win against Orlando. Pic: AAP

VanVleet equaled the franchise record of 52 points with a layup with 4:45 to play and then set the new mark on another layup with 3:46 left.

Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Magic. Evan Fournier scored 12 of Orlando’s first 14 points and finished with 21. Rookie guard Cole Anthony chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.

The teams were playing for a second straight game after squaring off Sunday in Tampa — the Raptors’ temporary home. Toronto won that game, 115-102, behind 30 points from Pascal Siakam to break a three-game losing streak.

VanVleet almost single-handedly gave the Raptors a 64-60 halftime lead with his torrid long-range shooting. He missed his first shot of the night — a nine-foot jumper — and then drilled his next four three-pointers.

He added a fifth three-pointer late in the first quarter and then drilled three more from beyond the arc in the second.

He set Raptors season highs for points in a quarter (17 in the first) and a half (28 in the first).

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