The bar has been raised for Raptors guard Terrence Ross

Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Air Canada Centre...

Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Jan. 25, 2014. (TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:18 AM ET

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Pretty good, Terrence. Now, how about some encores, say, half as spectacular, but far more often?

That's what Dwane Casey and the Raptors will be expecting after Ross announced himself to the basketball world for a second time (the first came last February, when he soared to a slam dunk contest victory) with Saturday's 51-point explosion.

To say the outburst was unexpected would be a massive understatement. Ross himself said he had never scored more than 30 points in a game -- at any level. He likes to shoot the ball -- as his low assist numbers indicate -- but the team had been harping on him to launch jumpers even more often. He finally listened, firing up 29 attempts, as well as 10 free throws.

"Now he's told on himself," Casey said after the game, meaning that the sophomore swingman has revealed what he is capable of.

He's been impactful in stretches, but has also disappeared for spells. In fact, Ross had scored just four total points in two games before netting 10 on Friday in Philadelphia. In January, he's failed to crack double-digits six times in eight games.


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