Malachi Flynn: Rising Star in the Making as Pistons Guard Records 50-Point Game in Atlanta


When the Detroit Pistons visited the Atlanta Hawks for an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday night game late in the season, reserve point guard Malachi Flynn became the 11th player this season to score at least 50 points. 

For the former first-round choice, it marks the end of one chapter in his career and the beginning of another intriguing one that might be filled with opportunities.

Malachi Flynn’s 50-Point Explosion Lifts Pistons Over Hawks

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 03: Malachi Flynn #14 of the Detroit Pistons steals this inbounds pass to Bogdan Bogdanovic #13 of the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter at State Farm Arena on April 03, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Flynn’s modest scoring average will jump after his 50-point performance at State Farm Arena. Flynn, in his regular role off the bench, compensated for starter Jaden Ivey’s dismal performance (eight points on 3-15 shooting) with a career-best game, keeping the Pistons competitive against a Hawks squad fighting for playoff place.

Flynn made 18 of his 25 shots, including five of nine three-pointers, and had a team-high five assists. With standout guard Cade Cunningham sidelined with a knee injury, Flynn was up to the challenge of keeping Detroit afloat.

Flynn’s defense was also superb. 

He had six rebounds and five steals as the Pistons sought to claw back from a 22-point hole on a night when coach Monty Williams used only nine players.

Flynn’s Historic 50-Point Outburst Shocks NBA

Flynn’s 50-point game is about as implausible as it gets. According to ESPN, no player in NBA history has ever scored 50 or more points in a game with a scoring average as low as Flynn’s before the game in Atlanta.

Unfortunately for the Pistons, Flynn’s best effort wasn’t enough. Atlanta won 121-113 to advance to the Play-In Tournament, while Detroit finished 13-63, ensuring a second consecutive season with fewer than 20 wins.

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