Syracuse, NY – One of the most intriguing regular seasons in NBA history has come to a close and ended in style for a former Syracuse player.
Indiana Pacers forward Oshae Brissett scored a career-high 31 points on Sunday, 10 of 16 from the field and 5 for 8 of 3 points, while also racking up 10 rebounds in a 125-113 win over the Toronto. Raptors.
The feat was special not only because it was the most points he has ever totaled in an NBA game, but because the performance came against the team that released him in December.
Brissett is averaging 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds, with shooting percentages of 48.3% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the 3-point arc in 21 games since joining the Pacers in March.
The franchise signed a three-year contract with Brissett after proving himself on two 10-day contracts with the team.
The Pacers are locked in the No.9 seed in the Eastern Conference and face the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday in the first round of the 2021 NBA play-in tournament. The loser will be knocked out of the playoff contention, while the winner will advance to play the loser of the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards game for a shot at qualifying for the No. 8 seed and last place in the playoffs.
Brissett is one of five former Syracuse players currently on the NBA rosters this season – three of whom could have the opportunity to compete for an NBA championship when the playoffs begin next week.
Carmelo Anthony, who rose to the top 10 on the NBA’s all-time all-time scoring list, totaled 14 points, two rebounds and three assists in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 132-116 win over the Denver Nuggets. Sunday. With the win, the Blazers secured sixth place in the Western Conference and avoided the play-in tournament.
Former Orange forward Jerami Grant did not play in the Detroit Pistons’ regular season final against the Miami Heat due to a knee injury.
He’s only played one game since April 29, but his breakout season with Detroit can be considered a success after averaging career-high 22.3 points with 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 blocks. However, the Pistons (20-52) finished 15th in the Eastern Conference and did not advance to the playoffs.
Orlando Magic point guard Michael Carter-Williams has only played 31 games this season with an ankle injury. He totaled 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. The 14th-seeded Magic finished slightly ahead of the Pistons but will also miss the playoffs.
The Jazz are the No.1 seed in the Western Conference after posting a 52-20 record throughout the regular season and will face the No.8 seed when the playoffs begin.
Former Syracuse guard Elijah Hughes has only played 18 games for the Jazz this season, spending the majority of his time in the G-League with the Salt Lake City Stars. He averages 1.7 points as a rookie.
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