Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute sets NBA plus-minus record vs. Nuggets
During a 30-point blowout of the Denver Nuggets, the Houston Rockets had one of their most unlikely players set an NBA record for plus-minus for an individual game.
It wasn’t MVP runner-up James Harden or newly-acquired dynamo Chris Paul, but bench spark plug Luc Mbah a Moute logging a ridiculous plus-57 through his 26 minutes on the floor in a 125-95 win.
According to Basketball-Reference, Mbah a Moute topped the likes of Joe Smith (plus-52), Wally Szczerbiak, and Jared Jeffries (both at plus-50) as the lone player atop of the plus-minus category since the stat was introduced in 2000.
The new Rockets made all of his five attempts from the field, including a crisp 3-of-3 from deep, grabbing four rebounds, dishing one assist, and nabbing four steals as Houston carved up a huge lead in the Paul Millsap-less Nuggets.
The Rockets carved up a huge 35-point lead at the half and Mbah a Moute had his fingerprints all over it, becoming the two-way catalyst that pushed this team to coast against their Western Conference foe.
Harden’s near triple-double of 21 points, eight assists, and nine rebounds only netted a plus-29, while Paul’s 23-point, 12-assists, three-steal performance only cut a plus-26, all shy of Mbah a Moute’s all-time mark.
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