A pair of Wildcats returned to the hardwood with impressive wins. Eric Bledsoe made his debut for the Milwaukee Bucks and Dakari Johnson made his first NBA start for the Oklahoma City Thunder, filling in for the injured Steven Adams.
Both former Cats made their first shot. Bledsoe knocked down a runner from 13-feet. Johnson’s make was a little more uncharacteristic. Late in the shot clock, Westbrook found Johnson open from 14-feet.
✋Raise your hand if you’re happy for Dakari Johnson.
What a big shot to put the Thunder up 8. pic.twitter.com/O8kCLPdwyf
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) November 11, 2017
Dakari celebrated by blowing kisses to the crowd.
Dakari Johnson gets his first start for the Thunder 😘
— UK Basketball 🔵⚪️ (@BBNation15) November 11, 2017
In a career-high 23 minutes Dakari had 9 points, one rebound, two assists and this beautiful finish at the rim.
RT Scott_Charlton: Dakari Johnson
9 pts (3-5 FG) (3-6 FT)
1st career… pic.twitter.com/YEQ3Wm0Z4Z
— Recruit Champs (@recruitchamps) November 11, 2017
Bledsoe’s shot looked like he’d been off the court for almost a month. It took him 15 attempts to get 13 points. However, that’s not where he was most vital. His ability to distribute took pressure off the Greek Freak and allowed him to pick apart the San Antonio defense.
“It was good,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said after the game. “It’s really easy to play with him because you know he’s going to find you. He’s going to make the right play, so it’s fun to play with him.”
Bledsoe gave the Bucks’ 7 assists and optimism to reach new heights in the Eastern Conference.
Stats from the rest of your Wildcats:
|Eric Bledsoe||94-87 Win over Spurts||13||6-15 (1-5)||4||7||1||0|
|Dakari Johnson||120-111 Win over LAC||9||3-5 (0-0)||1||2||1||1|
|Patrick Patterson||120-111 Win over LAC||0||0-1 (0-1)||1||1||0||0|
|Devin Booker||128-112 Loss to ORL||9||3-10 (0-3)||4||5||1||0|
|Tyler Ulis||128-112 Loss to ORL||6||3-8 (0-1)||1||1||0||1|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||90-87 Loss to BOS||8||4-6 (0-0)||5||0||0||1|
|Malik Monk||90-87 Loss to BOS||6||1-8 (1-5)||3||0||0||0|
|Bam Adebayo||84-74 Win over Jazz||DNP- Coaches' Decision|