Former Miami Hurricanes point guard Shane Larkin scored a EuroLeague record 49 points, leading his Anadolu Efes to a 104-75 win over Bayern Munich in Istanbul Friday night. Larkin was 10-12 from three-point range and 9-10 from the free throw line in the record-setting performance, breaking the previous high of 43 points.
Listen to the Turkish play-by-play of Larkin’s big game.
Larkin entered Friday’s Round 11 game averaging 22 points per contest in EuroLeague play, which was already tops in the continent-wide competition. He finished with 12.5 points per game in EuroLeague games a season ago, along with just over 15 points per game in Turkish domestic league games, while helping Efes to the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi title and earning Finals MVP honors.
Shane Larkin broke the Euroleague record for scoring today with 49 points in just 31 minutes. Only needed 19 shots thanks to making 10/12 3s. He's without a doubt a NBA player now that he's improved his shooting as much as he has. Big time athlete who is living at the FT line now— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 29, 2019
The EuroLeague is Europe’s highest level of basketball, drawing teams from the region’s best national leagues. 18 teams qualify each year, with each side playing every other team twice, across 34 double round-robin ‘rounds.’
Efes entered the match tied atop the table with Barcelona. The top eight teams at the end of the season qualify for the playoffs.
Before settling in Istanbul, Larkin had spent time with the Boston Celtics, Spain’s Saski Baskonia, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, and Dallas Mavericks after being traded on draft night by the Atlanta Hawks in 2013.
Over parts of four NBA seasons, Larkin averaged 5.5 points per game, and just above 14 points per game in his one season in the Spanish League.
Canes fans know him best for his 14.5 points per game in the ACC Championship season in 2012-13, helping the Canes win both the regular season and conference tournament. Miami went to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament that year.
Even with multiple stints in the NBA, Larkin is sure to have impressed international scouts in his quest for another shot in the league.