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PI Finds: Monta Ellis – 45 Pts, 6 PF, 7 TO

Posted by Neil Paine on December 1, 2009

Last night, Monta Ellis torched the Pacers for 45 points in a 126-107 Warriors win. 45-point games are surprisingly common, but Ellis was one of just 10 players to score 45+ and also foul out of the game since 1986-87:

Player Pos Date Tm Opp MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Michael Jordan G 11/21/1987 CHI DET L 44 17 38 0 2 15 17 2 6 8 6 1 4 6 49
Danny Ainge G 3/4/1989 SAC GSW L 40 16 29 6 13 7 8 4 7 4 1 0 6 6 45
Patrick Ewing C 3/24/1990 NYK BOS L 41 20 29 0 0 11 13 5 18 1 1 0 5 6 51
Hakeem Olajuwon C 4/19/1990 HOU DEN L 42 21 34 0 0 10 13 6 18 4 3 3 11 6 52
Antoine Walker F 1/7/1998 BOS WAS L 42 21 36 5 5 2 7 2 12 0 1 0 5 6 49
Allen Iverson G 12/20/2004 PHI UTA L 46 18 31 4 6 11 17 0 1 6 7 0 7 6 51
Gilbert Arenas G 12/30/2005 WAS MIA L 42 15 29 4 9 13 14 3 7 8 0 0 3 6 47
Paul Pierce F 2/15/2006 BOS CLE L 54 17 36 0 4 16 20 0 7 8 0 0 4 6 50
Kobe Bryant G 12/29/2006 LAL CHA L 54 22 45 4 11 10 12 0 5 4 0 0 4 6 58
Monta Ellis G 11/30/2009 GSW IND W 42 15 27 1 2 14 16 1 5 1 5 0 7 6 45

(Note above that Ellis is the only guy to do this in a team win since 1986-87.)

Ellis' performance also marked just the 22nd time since 86-87 (and the 9th time this decade) that a player scored 45+ and committed 7 or more turnovers in the same game:

Player Pos Date Tm Opp MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Michael Jordan G 3/22/1987 CHI POR L 43 14 26 0 2 18 20 0 1 6 4 0 7 3 46
Michael Jordan G 3/24/1987 CHI PHI W 44 22 32 0 1 12 15 1 7 3 8 0 7 2 56
Larry Bird F 11/7/1987 BOS WSB W 53 19 29 1 2 8 10 2 8 7 2 0 8 2 47
Dominique Wilkins F 12/19/1987 ATL UTA W 48 19 34 0 2 8 10 4 7 3 4 1 7 4 46
Larry Nance F 12/20/1987 PHO SAC W 45 17 25 0 0 11 14 5 15 3 3 7 8 4 45
Dale Ellis G 11/9/1989 SEA MIL L 69 18 39 3 7 14 17 2 7 1 1 1 8 4 53
Karl Malone F 4/12/1990 UTA LAL W 44 17 27 0 1 11 13 5 11 1 1 1 7 2 45
Hakeem Olajuwon C 4/19/1990 HOU DEN L 42 21 34 0 0 10 13 6 18 4 3 3 11 6 52
Dominique Wilkins F 12/7/1991 ATL NYK L 52 17 30 2 2 16 18 0 5 3 1 0 7 2 52
David Robinson C 4/24/1994 SAS LAC W 44 26 41 1 2 18 25 4 14 5 0 2 8 2 71
Jamal Mashburn F 11/12/1994 DAL CHI W 43 19 31 3 3 9 13 5 10 2 0 0 8 4 50
Hakeem Olajuwon C 1/13/1995 HOU SAS W 45 21 35 0 0 5 7 1 10 4 1 3 7 4 47
Allen Iverson G 4/12/1997 PHI CLE L 46 17 32 5 9 11 18 2 5 6 2 0 9 5 50
Allen Iverson G 2/6/2000 PHI SAC W 44 20 40 1 7 9 11 2 9 6 1 0 7 2 50
Kobe Bryant G 12/6/2000 LAL GSW L 51 18 35 2 7 13 13 3 7 8 2 1 8 4 51
Kobe Bryant G 1/30/2001 LAL CLE W 41 12 26 0 1 23 26 2 5 3 3 1 7 3 47
Allen Iverson G 2/24/2001 PHI CHH L 44 17 33 3 7 10 10 0 1 1 2 0 8 3 47
Jerry Stackhouse G 3/15/2001 DET LAL L 49 13 30 3 8 17 19 0 4 4 0 0 8 4 46
Allen Iverson G 12/20/2004 PHI UTA L 46 18 31 4 6 11 17 0 1 6 7 0 7 6 51
Kobe Bryant G 1/6/2006 LAL PHI W 35 19 29 7 7 3 4 0 10 2 2 0 7 2 48
LeBron James F 2/10/2009 CLE IND L 41 15 21 4 7 13 14 0 7 4 1 1 7 1 47
Monta Ellis G 11/30/2009 GSW IND W 42 15 27 1 2 14 16 1 5 1 5 0 7 6 45

At least those lists put him in good company (except for Antoine Walker, that is).

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2 Responses to “PI Finds: Monta Ellis – 45 Pts, 6 PF, 7 TO”

  1. Jason J Says:

    Kinda thought MJ would dominate the 45+pt / 7+to category, just because he had SO many 40+ games under his belt. Turns out that's the Allen Iverson special.

  2. Neil Paine Says:

    Which I think sums up in a nutshell the difference between MJ and AI as offensive players. MJ scored a ton of points with very few negative possessions mixed in... Iverson scored a ton of points but also gave you a lot of negative possessions.