Newly-signed Brooklyn Nets veteran Jamal Crawford was not tempted to let 51 points in his last game stand as his NBA send off.
“It wasn’t tempting. It was more, ‘If I don’t get a deal, that was a heck of a way to go out,'” Crawford said via Marc Stein of The New York Times. “But the opportunity to play again was greater than that last game for me. My love for the game trumps how great that game was.”
In Dirk Nowitzki’s final home game last season, Crawford went off for 51 points for the Phoenix Suns.
In that game, Crawford broke two NBA records.
At 39 years and 20 days, he became the oldest player to score 50+ points in a game, as the old record was held by Michael Jordan at 38 years and 315 days.
Crawford also scored the most points (51) for a player coming off the bench, as the old record was held by Nick Anderson with 50 points.
It will be fun to see what Crawford can do for the Nets in the NBA restart.