Fred VanVleet had the game of his life, scoring 54 points Tuesday in Orlando for the Toronto Raptors to defeat the Magic 123-108.
The hero of the day has set a new personal best. His previous mark was 36 points, achieved on August 3 against the Miami Heat. It is also a new team record. DeMar DeRozan had 52 points on January 1, 2018.
It is also the highest point total amassed in a game by a player who was not drafted.
VanVleet also had 11 three-pointers, one short of the franchise record, held by Donyell Marshall.
The Raptors won a second straight game and are 9-12. He climbs to ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just half a game from seventh.
Powell, who missed the Raptors’ last two games with a quadriceps contusion, was back in the lineup. He also contributed to this victory with 23 points.
Kyle Lowry for his part had a double-double with 10 assists and 10 rebounds. He added 14 points to end an excellent evening of work. Quebecer Chris Boucher has meanwhile amassed seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 18:43 of play.
In a losing cause, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier each totaled 21 points.
The Canadian team will resume action Friday by visiting the Brooklyn Nets.