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Cam Thomas still has the fever

NBA – After scoring 44 and 47 points, the Brooklyn back continues to be hot with 43 units against the Suns. He thus becomes the youngest player in history to chain three games to more than 40 points.

those who have seen Cam Thomas evolve for two seasons knew it very well: the back is never afraid to shoot. As soon as he has playing time, he does not hesitate to send again and again. But he had never reached such a level of performance.

After sticking 44 points to the Wizards, he had already chained with 47 units against the Clippers. There, he drives the point home with 43 points against the Suns, 11/23 in shooting and 18/20 in free throws.

All at just 21 years and 117 days old, making him the youngest player in NBA history to score three straight outings at 40 points!

” It’s really unbelievable. I am happy to have my name in the history books,” commented Cam Thomas for SNY. “Obviously, I would have preferred to win the match because it’s always better to make matches at 40 points with success. But it’s great to make history, especially when you’re young. I’m proud of my job too, that’s more important. »

In just a few days, the Brooklyn player has changed in dimension. Kyrie Irving is gone, Kevin Durant is injured, so he has his hands free and the green light to draw, with 75 shots taken in three games.

“I do what I have to do”, he assures the New York Post. “It’s a sign of respect to see Kawhi Leonard defend on me and then Mikal Bridges do it too. The Clippers double-teamed me, tried to force me to drop the ball. So I see it as a sign of respect coming from the league. »

A Kobe Bryant series

It’s even more remarkable for Jacque Vaughn, as his player was often left on the bench since late December and even still in January. Either he wasn’t playing or he only had a few minutes to speak. Then there was this offensive explosion.

“He prepared himself physically and mentally during the days when he was not playing and then played almost 40 minutes three nights in a row”,

notes the Nets coach. “He resisted contact in that game against Phoenix and shot 20 free throws. He shows what he is capable of. I don’t think he ever doubted himself. We, the band and the franchise, have never doubted him. He takes full advantage of this opportunity. »

Where will he stop now? After his career-high 47 points, Cam Thomas admitted to being a big fan of Kobe Bryant. With his three straight games over 40 points, he is following in the footsteps of the former Lakers idol.

In February 2003, twenty years ago, the rear of Los Angeles had chained nine consecutive meetings in these heights, imitating Michael Jordan in 1986. What about the record in this area? It obviously belongs to Wilt Chamberlain, author of 14 straight matches with more than 40 points.

Cam Thomas Percentage Bounces
Saison Team MJ Min Shots 3pts LF Off Def Until Pd Fte Int Bp Ct Pts
2021-22 BRK 67 18 43.3 27.0 82.9 0.2 2.2 2.4 1.2 1.0 0.5 0.8 0.1 8.5
2022-23 BRK 36 15 47.0 43.9 80.9 0.2 1.3 1.5 1.4 0.9 0.4 0.9 0.1 9.5
Total 103 17 44.6 31.7 81.9 0.2 1.9 2.1 1.3 1.0 0.5 0.9 0.1 8.8

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