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Predicting five players who will add to Westbrook and Davis' 50-point games this season

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The new NBA season is already off to a blistering start with a number of players coming out of the blocks with some terrific individual displays early on.

As many predicted, Russell Westbrook hasn't been fazed by Kevin Durant's departure to the Golden State Warriors and is already putting up ridiculous numbers. 

He recently became the first player since Magic Johnson in 1982-83 to begin a campaign with a triple-double in two of the first three games.

The superstar point guard also notched the first 50-point triple double since 1975 and is on pace to surpass the 18 he posted last year. 

Westbrook is one of two players to have hit 50 points in the opening three games. New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis, who is finally back to full health, opened his season by putting up 50 points against the Denver Nuggets. 

These two All-Stars have set the bar pretty high already and there are sure to be more players who notch up a half-century of points as the year progresses. 

Fans love a 50-point outburst and it certainly makes social media go crazy, so here are five players we predict will also achieve the feat:

Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

Stephen Curry - Golden State Warriors

This will come as no surprise as the reigning two-time MVP posted a trio of 50-point games last season on his way to becoming the league leader in scoring and has five overall in his career.

The arrival of Durant in the Bay may reduce his number of shots, but with his efficiency, he can still easily reach that mark. Expect at least one from the point guard in this campaign. 

James Harden - Houston Rockets 

New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

Having become the first Rockets player to hit two 50-point games in one season last year, we're almost expecting the Beard to at least post one this time around. 

The four-time All-Star did that on a Houston team who was in disarray so he should find it easier on a slightly improved roster under the offensive-minded Mike D'Antoni now.

Damian Lillard - Portland Trail Blazers

Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers

In Portland's opening three encounters, Lillard has dropped 39, 29 and 37 points respectively. He's shooting almost 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc. 

It may be very early, but we can see that Dame is already on a mission and has made it clear he wants the MVP award. He had two 50-point outbursts last season, it would seem inevitable that he gets one in the coming months.

DeMarcus Cousins - Sacramento Kings

San Antonio Spurs v Sacramento Kings

Boogie notched his first ever half-century against the Charlotte Hornets in January and as the Kings' go-to scorer, he is primed to add to his collection in the near future. 

The 26-year-old averaged a career-high 26.9 points last year and is regarded as one of the best scoring big men in the league at present. With his ability to score in multiple ways, another big night is in the offing for the center.

Kyrie Irving - Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Four

With LeBron James and Kevin Love on his team, it's unlikely that Kyrie will get enough shots to reach 50 points in a game, but for a player of his ability anything is impossible. 

In the first year of the big three in Cleveland, Irving hit 57 against the San Antonio Spurs and 55 vs the Trail Blazers. He was returning from a knee injury in the last campaign and struggled to find any consistency for large parts until he took his game to new heights in the playoffs. 

The All-Star guard has started the year in confident fashion and could become the first teammate to ever outscore LeBron. When he catches fire, he can do whatever he wants on the floor. 

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Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference

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