On a night when Chris Paul starred in his Rockets home debut, another player who made the move from Lob City to Houston over the summer had the most impressive statistic in the box score. The Rockets outscored the Denver Nuggets by 57 points in reserve forward Luc Mbah a Moute's 26 minutes during Houston's 125-95 rout Wednesday night. The plus-57 is the best plus-minus recorded in any NBA game (regular season or playoffs) in the past two decades, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Joe Smith had the previous best plus-minus in the past two decades with a plus-52 in the Minnesota Timberwolves' blowout win over the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 8, 2001. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni laughed in shock during his postgame news conference when asked about Mbah a Moute's plus-57, checking the printed box score on the table for confirmation. He pointed it out to Mbah a Moute in the locker room afterward. "I saw it again and was like, 'Wow,'" said Mbah a Moute, who scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including three 3-pointers, grabbed four rebounds and had four steals. "I guess it's a testament to our team, man, and how we play. When we're clicking, we do a lot of good things. It makes people look good, all individuals look good." The Rockets outscored the Nuggets by a 93-36 margin with Mbah a Moute on the floor. Houston got off to a slow offensive start, leading 6-5 when Mbah a Moute checked in with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter. The Rockets closed the quarter with a 30-12 run and held a large lead the rest of the game.
Luc Mbah a Moute's plus-57 best in NBA since 2001
ESPN | Nov 23