It was bound to happen eventually.
On Monday night, Donyell Marshall’s NBA record of 12 3-pointers in a game, set back on March 13, 2005, fell. Reigning MVP Steph Curry nudged Marshall (and Kobe Bryant) out of the record books by drilling 13 threes on his way to 46 points yesterday, erasing the apex of Weird Raptors History from the NBA’s collective memory.
We, however, will never forget.
Marshall, he of a 35-percent career mark on threes and a 41.6-percent mark that season, rained hell-fire from beyond the arc over just 28 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers on that fateful day over a decade ago. He went 12-of-19 from long-range, finishing with 38 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in what has to be one of the most jam-packed per-minute box score lines in team history (it’s a team record for points in fewer than 30 minutes). It was remarkable, unexpected, and bizarre – Marshall would never again score 30 points or hit more than seven threes in a game despite playing four more seasons. He’d ultimately play 131 games as a Raptor, averaging 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds and ranking 10th on the team’s leaderboard in triples made.
The Raptors would win 128-110 opposite another key figure in the Raptors’ mythos (John Salmons), with Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson chipping in with respective lines of 25-10-5 and 20-8-8. Milt Palacio, Pape Sow, and Loren Woods all played, too, while Rafer Alston started at the point and Rafael Araujo played 17 minutes. And Drake calls this a time to be alive.
Rest in peace, Donyell Marshall’s 12-triple game.