Maybe I just wasn’t paying close enough attention, but I feel like there has been a big rise in off-the-backboard passes this season.
Once again, we have one taking the top spot for Pass of the Night, courtesy of the Sacramento Kings’ Isaiah Thomas.
Late last night (well East coast time) the Kings welcomed the Dallas Mavericks into Sleep Train Arena for a little NBA action.
The new-look Kings were playing their last game without Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray, whom they traded for on Sunday. Using a big 1st quarter to propel them to an early lead, the Kings took care of business last night, winning handily. 30 point nights from both DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Williams, as well as 24 points and 12 assists from Isaiah Thomas led the way as the Kings secured a 112-97 victory.
Thomas continued to prove his draft status meaningless, as he played very well once again. Late in the 3rd quarter, he also provided an assist to Derrick Williams that was good enough for Pass of the Night.
As Vince Carter dribbled near half-court, Thomas and Williams converged on the Mavericks’ small forward, forcing a turnover. Williams picked up the loose ball and fed it ahead to Thomas. With a 3-0 fast break, the point guard had all the time in the world, and he chose to wait for his new forward to catch up. When Williams arrived, Thomas rewarded him for the steal with a feed off the backboard that Williams caught in mid-air and slammed home for two.
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