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Joe Johnson owns all your Atlanta Hawks 40 point games

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In "celebration" of Nick Young's 45 points on 22 shots performance in a defensively optional tilt Tuesday night, I took a look (on basketball-reference, of course) at when the last time someone random scored 40 for the Hawks.

To my genuine non-surprise, I found the following:

Rk

Player

Age

Pos

Date

Tm

Opp

GS

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P

3PA

3P%

FT

FTA

FT%

PTS

6

Joe Johnson

24-213

G

2006-01-28

ATL

@

CHI

L

1

46

16

25

.640

4

4

1.000

4

4

1.000

40

7

Joe Johnson

24-240

G

2006-02-24

ATL

@

IND

W

1

47

16

24

.667

5

5

1.000

3

3

1.000

40

8

Joe Johnson

24-251

G

2006-03-07

ATL

GSW

W

1

48

14

27

.519

4

10

.400

10

10

1.000

42

9

Joe Johnson

24-263

G

2006-03-19

ATL

ORL

W

1

48

17

24

.708

5

5

1.000

1

2

.500

40

10

Joe Johnson

27-181

G

2008-12-27

ATL

CHI

W

1

44

16

31

.516

4

6

.667

5

6

.833

41

11

Joe Johnson

28-173

G

2009-12-19

ATL

@

CHI

L

1

48

16

32

.500

5

7

.714

3

4

.750

40

Not very random since 2004-2005, eh? It's all Joe, all the time. Makes sense since: A) He was the only capable scorer for many of the past 7 seasons. B) One must gobble up possessions to achieve such heights, usually, and Johnson was/is the alpha dog in terms of possession usage, so it would be difficult for another player to sneak in there unless Joe was injured and that player took his possessions.

You have to go back to the waning days of the glory that was the Terry Stotts regime to find the last Hawk since Joe to score 40. Any guesses? Ok, here are the games since 2000 that have featured a Hawk scoring 40.

Rk

Player

Age

Pos

Date

Tm

Opp

GS

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P

3PA

3P%

FT

FTA

FT%

PTS

1

Shareef Abdur-Rahim

24-347

F

2001-11-23

ATL

DET

W

1

45

21

30

.700

0

0

8

8

1.000

50

2

Jason Terry

24-122

G

2002-01-15

ATL

DAL

L

1

45

15

23

.652

3

5

.600

13

17

.765

46

3

Jason Terry

24-210

G

2002-04-13

ATL

CLE

W

1

54

16

34

.471

5

12

.417

6

10

.600

43

4

Shareef Abdur-Rahim

26-360

F

2003-12-06

ATL

@

CLE

L

1

43

17

27

.630

0

1

.000

9

10

.900

43

5

Stephen Jackson

25-342

F

2004-03-12

ATL

WAS

W

1

45

14

24

.583

4

5

.800

10

10

1.000

42

Some classic games in there: Shareef's Thankgiving 50 point goodness against the Pistons, JT's duel with Dirk, the overtime home closer against the Cavs, where Jet dropped a 3 coming off an Ira Newble pick to send the game into OT, and wrapping up with Stephen Jackson becoming a fantasy basketball hero in the last weeks of the last days of Terry Stotts.

Exit Question/Poll: Who is your guess to be the next non-Joe Johnson Hawk to bust 40 points? Bonus points for when it will happen.