Ex-Knick Malachi Flynn scores 50 points for Pistons

A former Knicks had a career and a historic night for his new team.

Malachi Flynn scored 50 points off the bench for Detroit while shooting 18 of 25 from the field and grabbing six rebounds in the Pistons’ 121-113 loss to the Hawks on Wednesday.

This massive effort tied Flynn for second for most points coming off the bench in NBA history, and he was also just seven points shy of Pistons franchise history.

Malachi Flynn, who scored 50 points off the bench, beats Dejounte Murray and scores a layup in the Pistons’ 121-113 loss to the Hawks. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

Only Jamal Crawford had more when he scored 51 points coming off the bench on April 9, 2019 for the Suns.

Even though the Pistons may have come up short on Wednesday night, the moment must have been sweet for Flynn, who was first traded to the Knicks in the deal that brought OG Anunoby to the Big Apple, but then was dealt at the deadline by the Knicks to the Pistons for Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic a few weeks later.

Since joining the Knicks, neither player has come close to experiencing the big night Flynn had Wednesday for Detroit.

After the game, Flynn told reporters it was the first time he had scored that many points, although he was close to doing so when he was in high school.

“I almost made it through high school. I was 49 and my coach took me out. I still hold grudges,” Flynn said, according to The Athletic.

The 25-year-old has averaged 5.2 points per game during his career and has the lowest scoring average in NBA history for any player with a 50-point game.

“It’s harder to put (in perspective) because you want to win. But it feels really good,” Flynn said. “I think in a few days I’ll be able to put things into perspective.”

During his brief time with the Knicks, he appeared in 14 games and averaged 4.3 minutes per game with 2.2 points.

Malachi Flynn #18 of the Detroit Pistons reacts during a timeout against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at State Farm Arena on April 3, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Malachi Flynn reacts during a timeout during the Pistons’ loss to the Hawks. Getty Images

His best performance was in his final game with the Knicks when he had six points and shot 2-for-4 from the field.

While his time with the Knicks was short, one of his former teammates praised him on social media.

“Evil Donte has gone crazy!!!!” Josh Hart wrote about X, referencing Flynn’s nickname due to his similarities to Donte DiVincenzo.

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