Toney Douglas had a little something in Saturday night’s game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets.
Douglas received the ball in the backcourt with 6.4 seconds left in the third quarter. He brought the ball down quickly then stopped inside the key. Douglas was then double-teamed by the Thunder. With time running out, Douglas put the ball up with his back turned toward the basket. It was like a long reverse lay-up of some sort.
The ball went off the glass and into the hoop.
Douglas had a good presence of mind there. He knew time was running out and he knew where he was at the court. It seemed like he was trapped with two Thunder players taking on him. But he put up the ball when time was running out. All he had to do was avoid Nick Collison’s attempt at a blocked shot. And he did.
It was one of the very few bright spots for the Rockets in that game. Douglas was able to cut the lead down to 22 points and the Rockets went into the fourth quarter trailing, 96-74. Too bad, the Thunder kept pouring it on. For the second time this season, Oklahoma City blew Houston out. The final score was 124-94. Houston lost their second game in a row after winning five straight.
It’s also good to see Douglas surviving in the league. He had lost so much confidence in New York, especially after he got buried in the bench when Jeremy Lin (who he is currently teammates with in Houston, too) exploded with the Knicks. At times, Douglas has outplayed Lin this season, including Saturday’s game.
And Douglas did well in that game. He scored 17 points, had three assists, and stole the ball five times. And, of course, he had that wacky circus shot for Saturday’s Play of the Day.