After all it was Rondae.
On an evening when the comeback was the story, when D’Angelo Russell’s career-high 44 factors made every thing occur, when Jared Dudley hit the three that lastly gave the Brooklyn Nets the lead after a franchise-best 25-point fourth-quarter climb, it was the longest-tenured member of the crew who hit the sport winner.
Acquired on Draft day 2015, Billy King’s ultimate remnant – all-Three-and-D however buried within the rotation – on this evening, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson acquired to play hero.
The Nets, who had trailed the Sacramento Kings by as many as 28 factors on Tuesday, accomplished the fourth-largest fourth-quarter comeback because the creation of the shot clock. The 123-121 victory snapped a three-game slide, and saved Brooklyn solidly within the East’s seventh slot.
That ultimate play, in fact, wasn’t drawn up for him. It was for Russell. He of the 27 fourth-quarter factors, the rainbow 3s and the ice-cold veins.
Hollis-Jefferson screened De’Aaron Fox, then stepped towards the sideline to gather the inbounds with Marvin Bagley III defending. He took one open dribble towards the highest of the important thing, trying to handoff to Russell and arrange a full-speed cost down the lane.
Russell shortly realized Fox was slicing off his path to the ball and … ceded the highlight with a easy command and a backwards step, pulling Fox away from the trail.
“[Russell] stated, ‘Go!'” Hollis-Jefferson instructed YES Community’s Michael Grady instantly after the whistle. “I checked out Bagley and stated, ‘It is gametime, let’s get it.'”
Hollis-Jefferson crossed left-to-right, then again left for one head-down stumble-bumble alongside Bagley. Right here, Hollis-Jefferson sensed Bagley’s presence and twisted ever-so-slightly as he leapt, an out of doors spin making the ultimate try seem to come out over his head earlier than softly banking and rolling in off the rim.
Staggered reactions ensued on the Nets bench, and one errant heave later, bedlam.
“He is the man on our crew that is coronary heart and soul, it is so simple as that,” Russell stated. “You possibly can’t clarify it. He got here out able to play. Did not play the entire first half, however got here out and took care of enterprise.”
On this upstart Nets crew, the one which lastly turned the tradition nook in 12 months Three below Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks, Hollis-Jefferson counts as seasoned. He’s 25. Six Nets are youthful. None exceed his 4 seasons in Brooklyn. Many exceed his minutes.
Hollis-Jefferson performed 17 of them Tuesday; he had obtained however 12 minutes within the 5 video games prior, with 4 “DNP – Coach’s Determination” strains sprinkled about. He credited assistant coach Jacques Vaughn with serving to him to take care of a constructive outlook and keep ready.
“Not enjoying, man, it is robust sitting on that bench watching your guys go to warfare,” Hollis-Jefferson stated. “However I used to be at all times prepared. They known as my identify, I got here out and competed and that is all you possibly can ask for.”
That and an compulsory dousing, anyway. Cheers.
Harden nicks all 29 groups
No shock within the Rockets beating the Hawks, or James Harden (once more) scoring 30-plus. However within the wild ridiculous statistical accomplishments division, that marked the 29th opppoent Harden had dropped 30 on this season.
Sure, 29 of 29 groups caught a 30-piece this yr (and a number of other many extra).
James Harden has dropped at the least 30 PTS on each single crew within the NBA this season. 😳🚀#Rocketspic.twitter.com/0tXr9qOq6i
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 20, 2019
Per Elias, he is the primary participant to make the 29-team circuit and the primary to tag everybody since Michael Jordan’s ridiculous 1986-87 marketing campaign.
Additionally, he put Kent Bazemore within the blender. So there’s that.
Redick doubles up … lastly
J.J. Redick practically logged a triple-double vs. Charlotte
On a day the Sixers easily turned away a feisty problem from the Hornets, J.J. Redick knocked a longstanding verify off the NBA bucket listing.
Greater than 12 years and 800 video games into his NBA profession, Redick (27 factors, career-high 10 rebounds, eight assists) lastly notched a double-double. At 826 video games, it is the third-longest streak with out one all-time, trailing solely Steve Kerr (856) and Bruce Bowen (none in all 873 profession video games).
“Ten rebounds,” Redick stated in the course of the postgame interview on courtroom. “I by no means thought the day would come.”
Filter out for Karl-Anthony
Stephen Curry might need stolen the present in Minnesota with a 22-point third-quarter, however Karl-Anthony Cities threw down the dunk that we’ll bear in mind from this one.
Kevin Durant 100 p.c had a “Sure, sure, nope!” second within the thought course of there. Bailing out was the suitable name, ha.
Brook Lopez is a big man
There was a novel wedgie within the second quarter of the Bucks-Lakers sport, with the ball lodging above the shot clock. The refs paged the closest pleasant big — true 7-footer Brook Lopez — for an help, which he gladly supplied as soon as handed a mop, a lot to the group’s delight.
Watch Brook Lopez attain towards the rafters to get the motion going.
Sidebar: I labored on the Nets from 2008-13, so Brook and I have been “rookies” the identical season and two of the one on a regular basis faces for the following 5 half years. After I instructed him I used to be heading off to MSG for the Knicks gig, he bent all the best way over to dap me up, which was concurrently dope and embarrassing, as a result of I’m a full-sized human. On the plus aspect, I do not like trash comics. Make mine Marvel!