Cavs vet Ricky Rubio makes history in MSG after career-high 37-point explosion
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ricky Rubio played the best game of his career on Sunday as he led the Cavs to a 126-109 victory over the New York Knicks. Rubio exploded for a career-high 37 points in a truly epic performance in Madison Square Garden.
The Cavs veteran made history on Sunday as he became the only player in NBA history to log at least 30 points, 10 assists, and eight three-pointers (!) while coming off the bench (h/t StatMuse on Twitter):
Ricky Rubio tonight:
37 PTS (career-high)
8-9 3P (career-high)
He is the first player in NBA history with 30+ points, 10+ assists, 8+ threes in a game off the bench. pic.twitter.com/FPh7PE0Beh
— StatMuse (@statmuse) November 8, 2021
Rubio looked like a man possessed on Sunday and he was simply unstoppable for the Cavs. The Knicks threw pretty much everything they could at Rubio, but he just couldn’t miss. Here is perhaps the most impressive triple from the eight he drained in MSG:
Ricky Rubio cannot miss
32 points and 7-7 from deep 😳 pic.twitter.com/ILq6fO8Wgj
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 8, 2021
Rubio has been playing some noteworthy basketball for the Cavs so far this season since making the move from the Minnesota Timberwolves during the summer. Nevertheless, this offensive explosion came out of nowhere from the 31-year-old guard.
Entering Sunday’s matchup against the Knicks, Rubio was averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.2 steals, while also connecting on a career-best 1.6 triples per game on a 34.0-percent clip. Ricky Rubio wasn’t exactly thrilled when he first learned about his summer move to Cleveland, but it is clear that he’s adjusting well to life with his new team.