Scoring ethically is the act of scoring without the aid of free throws. On 19 Feb 2021, Jamal Murray scored 50 points without attempting a free throw. Is this the most points scored ethically?

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According to Statmuse (not Google because my query was not answered nor Basketball reference since that requires a subscription to obtain all relevant data), this 50 point game is indeed the most points scored without a free throw attempt.

list of highest scores without a free throw attempt


This is correct. NBA.com is more authoritative on the matter:

He did not attempt a free throw, which, according to ESPN Stats & Info, was the first time anyone scored 50 without one.

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