This just keeps getting better. After his monster debut for the Stampede, Patty has one-upped himself by hitting the game-winning shot with 1 second remaining against Reno today. Desmond Farmer (lead all scorers with 27 points) was fouled and hit a layup to put the Big Horns up 108-107, but failed to convert the three-point play. Down the other end Sundiata Gaines missed a potential game-winning jump shot, before Patty grabbed the offensive rebound and saved the day. The Big Horns called time out but failed to score, giving the Stampede a 109-108 win. Here’s the box-score and recap for the game.
Patty’s stat line: 22 points (8-12 shooting!), 4-5 threes, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 4 turnovers. Not quite the stat-stuffer from Patty’s previous game, but you’d probably trade that for the game-winning shot. You really couldn’t write a better script for a two-game career in the D-League so far. Could he be called up for tomorrow night’s Blazers game against the Clippers?
I’ll keep this post updated as news and reactions come through.
UPDATE: Jason Quick (from OregonLive.com) says Patty will play next game for the Blazers, this from his Twitter:
Patty mills will rejoin Blazers in LA for clippers game …mills had 38 points and 12 assists in Development League debut”
UPDATE: Looks like its confirmed, according to OregonLive.com:
The Trail Blazers have recalled point guard Patty Mills from the Development League and will have the rookie available for Monday night’s game in Los Angeles against the Clippers according to general manager Kevin Pritchard.”
UPDATE: Game highlights have hit YouTube:
UPDATE: News travels fast apparently – the Sydney Morning Herald reporting Patty’s recall to the Blazers