Exum continues NBA riseOn 01/31/2019 by admin
Aussie Dante Exum has sparked the Utah Jazz to a blowout 98-81 NBA win over Oklahoma City.
The 19-year-old sank three three-pointers to ignite a 16-point Utah run across the third and fourth quarters.
He shot three from five from the field as he contributed nine points in just 15 minutes of court time.
Exum said he was caught up in the emotion of the side’s charge over both sides of the final break.
“The crowd was crazy tonight and, hitting those threes, I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts,” he said.
“I didn’t know what to do. It was just run to the bench and kind of get around the guys.”
Alec Burks collected 20 points with 14 rebounds, Enes Kanter had 16 points and 15 boards, as the Jazz (5-7) rallied from a slow start to hand the injury-depleted Thunder a third straight loss.
Elsewhere, Kobe Bryant dropped in 28 points as the struggling Los Angeles Lakers clipped the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 for just their second win of the season.
Bryant’s three-point play with one minute 11 seconds left gave the Lakers a 108-102 advantage. It also put him in an elite club of just four players to reach 32,000 points for his career, joining icons Michael Jordan (32,292), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).
The Lakers led 111-106 with 17.7 seconds left but had to sweat out the final seconds.
The Hawks drew to within 112-109 on Kyle Korver’s three-pointer and had a shot to force overtime after getting the ball back with 7.7 seconds left.
Out of a timeout, centre Pero Antic launched a wide-open three-point attempt from the right wing but it bounced off the back of the iron.
Jordan Hill grabbed the rebound, hit two free throws to cap an 18-point, 10-rebound effort, and the Lakers stopped a four-game slide with their first road win of the season.