#1) Miami HEAT two-way player Derrick Walton Jr. dropped a career-high 41 points and added a career-high 11 rebounds on 14-of-18 FG (9-11 3FG) to lead the Force past the Oklahoma City Blue 127-118 on Friday, February 2.
Context: After finishing the first have with just 12 points, Walton Jr. exploded in the second half, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and 15 points in the final frame to reach 41 in the contest.
#2) Tony Mitchell scored 23 of his 33 points in the final quarter to lead the Skyforce to a come-from-behind road victory over the Grand Rapids Drive on Friday, November 24.
Context: Mitchell had just four points at halftime, and the Skyforce trailed 61-53 at the break. The Drive then led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter before Mitchell and the Force came storming back. In total, Mitchell scored 29 second-half points, and Sioux Falls ultimately won 121-116 in the final minutes.
#3) Ike Nwamu scored a career-high 37 points (on a career-high 9 3FG) to go along with a career-high eight assists while matching a career-high with seven rebounds. The all-around career night led a Sioux Falls team to a 147-133 victory on the road over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Context: A 16-point first quarter set the stage for Nwamu’s night, making four of his nine three-pointers in the first 12 minutes alone. After a dull second quarter, Nwamu then scored 19 points in the second half to reach his personal best.
#4) Matt Williams Jr. tallied a career-high 30 points on a career-high 10 made three-pointers in what ended up being a 118-126 road loss to the Texas Legends on Thursday, January 25. All 10 of Williams Jr.’s field goals came from beyond the arc in the game.
Context: Williams Jr. finished the first half with just nine points on 3-of-8 shooting from long distance. However, he broke out in the second half, making 7 of his last 12 attempts to achieve a career-high in what was the most made three-pointers by a single Skyforce player this season.
#5) In what was his NBA G League debut, Denver Nuggets two-way player Torrey Craig came off the bench to post 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks, missing a 5×5 game by just a single block in what was a 120-116 Skyforce road win over the Memphis Hustle on Saturday, November 4.
Context: Craig, who burst onto the scene with the Nuggets during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, turned heads and set the stage for what was one of the most successful NBA G League runs in Skyforce history, albeit short-lived. He went on to average 22.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a team-high 2.0 blocks per game in 15 games played.
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