Former Tennessee star Jordan McRae poured in an NBA D-league record 61 points to lead the Delaware 87ers to a 130-123 OT win over the Canton Charge on Tuesday.
The 61 points were the most ever scored in an NBADL game, breaking the old mark of 58 points set by the Idaho Stampede’s Pierre Jackson in February 2014, and the Reno Bighorns’ Dar Tucker last season.
McRae was thrilled to make D-League history but already had his eye on the team’s next game.
“This is just a moment where you have to enjoy it for right now,” McRae told the NBADL website. “But we have an optional shooting day tomorrow so I just have to go about things like this never happened; I’m still gonna get my shots up tomorrow.”
McRae made 21-of-34 attempts to shoot a blistering 62 percent from the field, and sank 16-of-18 from the line.
He scored 25 in the first half and notched 41 by the end of the third quarter.
McRae also had a team-high 11 rebounds, along with 7 assists and 2 steals.
On the season, the 6-6 shooting guard is the D-League’s third leading scorer at 23.1 points a game.
A star at Tennessee, McRae was the team’s top scorer as a senior when he averaged 18.7 points a game and led the Vols to the 2014 NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Regional Semifinal.
A two-time All-SEC first-team selection, McRae graduated as the school’s 16th all-time leading scorer and finished seventh in career 3-pointers made.
McRae was a 2014 second round draft pick (58th overall) by the Spurs, who traded his rights to the Sixers.
Last season he played in Australia before joining the 87ers in March.
McRae says that being cut by the Sixers in October has made his desire to make the NBA even stronger.
“I can speak for a lot of guys who don’t make a team, for 95 percent of us, it’s our first time getting cut from anything,” said McRae. “It made me hungrier.”