Whenever you’re sizzling, you are sizzling.
Wednesday night time’s NBA motion delivered two of probably the most outrageous warmth examine performances of the season as Lance Stephenson and Kelly Oubre Jr. each introduced the flamethrower to their respective video games.
Stephenson completed with 30 factors within the Indiana Pacers’ 129-121 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, whereas Oubre Jr. poured in 32 factors within the Charlotte Hornets’ 140-110 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Each gamers got here off the bench to drop 30+ nevertheless it’s how they acquired there that stole the headlines.
So with out additional ado, let’s dive into the Sporting Information’ J.R. Smith Warmth Examine award (I simply made this up).
Lance makes ’em dance!
On an evening that was alleged to be about Kyrie Irving’s season debut for the Brooklyn Nets, solely Lance Stephenson might come out and utterly flip the script, popping out of the gates on a heater!
After two years out of the league, Stephenson labored his method again onto an NBA roster by way of the G League, first incomes a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, earlier than returning to the Indiana Pacers for a second 10-day contract.
In his third sport for the Pacers and his first again at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Stephenson had the constructing rocking, dropping 20 factors within the first quarter on 8-of-9 taking pictures and 4-of-5 from deep.
The final time he scored 20 in a sport got here again in 2018-19. Tonight he did it in 1 / 4.
Per StatMuse, Stephenson’s 20 first-quarter factors are probably the most factors scored in a single quarter in six minutes or fewer, since Kemba Walker scored 18 in 2017.
Stephenson completed the sport with 30 factors, 5 assists and three rebounds on 12-of-19 from the sector and 4-of-8 from the 3-point line in 32 minutes of motion.
Oubre’s fourth-quarter fireplace
In the meantime, in Charlotte Kelly Oubre Jr. simply could not miss.
He opened the ultimate body with four-straight threes and completed with eight triples within the fourth quarter, falling simply shy of Klay Thompson’s document for many threes in a single quarter which got here in his 37-point outburst in 2016 in opposition to the Sacramento Kings.
Oubre’s eight threes ties Michael Redd, Joe Johnson and Kevin Love for the second-most ever in 1 / 4, per NBA Stats
Shoutout to the Hornets announcers for all the time stepping up-to-the-minute.
Oubre completed with a career-high 9 3-pointers on 14 makes an attempt to complete with 32 factors on the night time, including six rebounds.
He scored 24 of his 32 within the remaining body — all coming from past the arc.
Verdict: Lance takes the W (2-1)
Benyam Kidane (BenyamKidane): I’ve gotta go along with Lance. On a 10-day, for the Pacers, in opposition to among the best groups within the league. Lengthy dwell Lance!
Nick Metallinos (@NickMetallinos): Lance Stephenson had the higher warmth examine sport. In typical Lance trend – he is both sizzling or chilly – he was scorching in opposition to Brooklyn. Not unhealthy for a man on a hardship deal.
Yash Matange (@yashmatange2694): I am going Kelly Oubre Jr. For a participant, who averages 1.4 3s per sport for his profession shot 8 in 1 / 4. We all the time knew Lance Stephenson was able to these one-game warmth checks however Oubre Jr. actually pulled off the higher warmth examine on Wednesday.