Kyrie Irving scores 50 in debut, but Nets lose to Timberwolves in OT

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YearPlayerPoints1962Wilt Chamberlain561989Michael Jordan541959Elgin Baylor522019Kyrie Irving502016Anthony Davis501986Michael Jordan50– ESPN Stats & Information

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