Only two players in the last 30 years have scored at least 50 points in back-to-back games: Michael Jordan and Antawn Jamison. That’s a short list. But for Jamison, it’s never bad to be on a list that includes MJ, especially when you’re the only other one on it.
Jamison was having his best professional season in 2000-01. He finished the year with averages of 24.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game—all career highs to that point. But when the calendar flipped to December, Jamison went into another gear. Against the Seattle Sonics (RIP) on December 3, he made 23-of-36 shots en route to a career-high 51 points. Unsurprisingly—since the Warriors won only 17 games that season—Golden State lost that one, 118-102.
Then, Jamison followed that up with 51 more against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Warriors’ very next game on December 6. Golden State prevailed in overtime by a score of 125-122.
And with those twin 51-point efforts, Jamison scrawled his name in the record books. Interestingly, Kobe Bryant also had more than 50 points in the game on December 6, another NBA milestone.
For fans who remember, those two games were just about the only bright spots in an otherwise bleak season (and decade, actually). Jamison gave fans a truly enjoyable pair of games in December. And really, he was always a fun Warrior to watch—he had (and still has) one of the most unorthodox offensive repertoires in NBA history. Every shot seems to squirt out of his hands and for a guy who stands 6’7″, he thrives on flips, floaters and quick second jumps.
Jamison used all those patented moves and more to log his back-to-back 51s. And in a year when all the losing made Warrior fans a little woozy, Antawn Jamison turned “seeing double” into a very good thing.