Former ASU men’s basketball player Luguentz Dort had a record-setting performance for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. In a back-and-forth Game Seven, Dort led all scorers with 30 points, setting the record for most by an undrafted rookie in playoff history.
Dort also set the record for most points in a playoff game by a Thunder rookie, which was recently held by former Sun Devil James Harden (18 points in 2010).
This could not have come at a better time for Dort, who was shooting 31 percent from the field and had 46 points in the other six games combined. Unfortunately for the Thunder, a block by Harden on Dort late in the game sealed the Rockets’ series victory.
While the Thunder dropped the series, the potential of Dort shined on the brightest stage.
Lu Dort has 30 points.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 3, 2020
Thats the most points in a playoff game by a player 21 and younger, surpassing LeBron James' previous record of 27 points in 2006. pic.twitter.com/SpdgVbKfmP
Minor setback for a major comeback, Dort Nation pic.twitter.com/ZJw5jB5l7Q— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) September 3, 2020
I like to think there's someone watching basketball for the first and last time tonight who will go through the rest of their life believing Lu Dort is the best player on earth— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 3, 2020