Nets guard Cam Thomas is cooler than the opposite aspect of the pillow. His confidence is so infectious that it’s led to a superstar teammate expressing the identical confidence within the rookies recreation.
In truth, the 20-year-old rookie’s conviction helped him ship some late-game theatrics on Sunday to assist save the Nets from shedding their sixth straight recreation at dwelling after giving up a nine-point halftime lead. The Nets’ near-meltdown started after the Spurts outscored Brooklyn 38-31 within the third quarter.
Late within the remaining body, Spurs rookie, Joshua Primo tied the sport at 113 after pulling down a clutch three-pointer. Kevin Durant couldn’t reply after lacking a possible game-winner from the three-point line to forestall extra time in opposition to the Spurs.
With time working down as soon as once more in extra time, Durant had an opportunity to redeem himself. Nevertheless, as a substitute of forcing a tricky shot over a Spurs double-team, the previous MVP handed it to Thomas. He subsequently blew by a defender and elevated for a floater over the Spurs protection with 1.4 seconds remaining, calmly icing the Nets 121-119 victory over the Spurs.
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“It’s cool as a result of I informed Kevin (Durant) earlier than popping out the timeout, ‘I’m attempting to get on the aircraft, man, so finish the sport.’” a assured and unfazed Thomas mentioned postgame per Bleacher Report. “So he gave it to me, and I mentioned ‘I’ll do it.’”
In half-hour of play coming off the bench, Thomas scored 11 factors and grabbed six rebounds.
On Monday, the Nets (25-13) return to motion to complete a back-to-back in opposition to the Portland Path Blazers (14-24).