1998: Karl Malone Scores 56, Makes Game-Winner Vs The Warriors
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On April 7th of 1998, 34-year-old Karl Malone went off on the very forgettable Golden State Warriors of 1998 for 56 points in 42 minutes. He connected on 18-of-29 shots, 1-of-1 from 3, 19-of-23 from the charity stripe and a running jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give the Jazz a victory. Yeah, it was safe to say Todd Fuller and Felton “Shaq replacement in Orlando” Spencer had absolutely no luck stopping the Mailman from delivering buckets.
The 56 was Malone’s 2nd highest of his career and 4th in Jazz history, behind Maravich (68), Adrian Dantley (57) and Malone’s 61 against the Bucks in 1990.
In 2000, during the WCF vs the Sonics, a 36-year-old Malone connected on 18-of-32 shots and became the oldest player in NBA history to score 50 in a postseason game. If those stats weren’t impressive enough, at the age of 40, Malone became the oldest player to ever record a triple-double: 10 points, 11 boards and 10 assists in just 26 minutes! Malone is also the oldest player to ever score 30 in a playoff game.