Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is not interested in records despite making history with 47 points in his side's 141-129 Game 2 defeat to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
The Jazz levelled their NBA first round playoffs series at 1-1 despite Morant's remarkable haul, with the 21-year-old having led the Grizzlies to victory in Game 1 with 26 points.
Morant became the second youngest player in playoffs history to score 45 or more points, behind only LeBron James in 2006 (45 points vs Washington).
It also meant Morant scored the most points all-time by a player aged 21 or younger in a playoff game, Stats Perform confirmed.
Asked about whether he takes anything from such records, Morant told a post-game news conference: "Not at all. I'm blessed to be in a position I'm in and to be able to play the game at the highest level, but that's not on my mind at all. We lost."
Utah led by 20 points at half-time on Wednesday but Morant and the Grizzlies fought back with a 43-29 third quarter, closing within two in the last, before falling short.
Morant was busy throughout, with 15-from-26 from the field, while he was fouled throughout including a few tangles with Jazz center Rudy Gobert, making 15-from-20 from the stripe.
"I'm not afraid," Morant said. "That's the job to protect the rim. My job when I'm attacking the rim is to go finish.
"He [Gobert] made a good block but as you'd seen throughout the game, I was right back in the paint."
Ja Morant (21 years, 289 days) is the 2nd youngest player in NBA history to record 45+ points in an #NBAPlayoffs game. The youngest was LeBron James (21 years, 124 days) with 45 points on 05/03/2006. @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/zbuc7Ay7yT— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 27, 2021
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who returned from an ankle injury with 25 points, was full of praise for Morant.
"Give credit to Ja, he had 50 ," Mitchell said post-game. "He's a hell of a player. I respect the hell out of his game.
"He fought but we fought. It's 1-1, they came here and stole one. We need to take care of business."
The series now moves to Memphis with back-to-back home games for the Grizzlies.