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Malachi Flynn Makes History After Scoring 50 Points Off The Bench For the Detroit Pistons

There wasn’t much to cheer about for the Detroit Pistons this season, but Malachi Flynn gave them a reason to do so after scoring 50 points off the bench against the Atlanta Hawks.

Flynn, who came over through a midseason trade, made history in a losing effort. He became just the third player to score that many in a game. The 25-year-old owns the lowest scoring average among the three, coming into Wednesday’s game putting up only five points per outing.

That said, Flynn’s 50-piece wasn’t enough to pull off the win. The Pistons still lost to the Hawks, 121-113, thanks to three players dropping over 20 points each. Jalen Johnson had 28 and 14, while DeAndre Hunter and Dejounte Murray dropped 26 and 24, respectively.

Still, it was an impressive feat by the Washington native. He joins Nick Anderson (1993) and Jamal Crawford (2019) to drop at least 50 as a reserve. The previous Pistons’ scoring record off the bench was 38 by Rip Hamilton back in 2009.

On FanDuel TV’s Run it Back, Flynn detailed how he knew it was going to be a volcanic night.

It felt good from the start. I came out and made some easy buckets, got to the free throw line. I looked up in the 4th quarter and it said “45,” I didn’t even realize. And then I just kept going, trying to get to 50, and ended up getting it.

Malachi Flynn on his 50-point night

According to Spotrac, the 2020 29th overall pick will be a restricted free agent next season if the Pistons extend a qualifying offer. If not, he will be an unrestricted free agent, having the freedom to sign anywhere he wants. 

By that 50-point game, Flynn’s camp has a pretty solid leverage to the team that wants his services. After all, only 10 players achieved that scoring feat so far this season.