Undrafted rookie Cole Swider had his Tracy McGrady moment in the Summer League, giving Los Angeles Lakers fans plenty to cheer for in the offseason.
Swider, who went undrafted in this year's annual rookie selection, exploded for 21 points to give the Lakers a fighting chance in crunch time against the Charlotte Hornets. The Purple and Gold led by as many as 15 points, but they found themselves behind by seven (72-65) late in the fourth quarter after a strong comeback by Charlotte.
The 23-year-old Swider stepped up and took matters into his own hands, scoring eight points in 32 seconds to tie things up at 75-all with a little over four minutes remaining on the clock. The highlight of his incredible streak was a four-point play that he completed rather easily.
Now that's some real T-Mac-esque performance right there. Of course 13 points in 33 seconds is legendary, but you got to love seeing it in the Summer League.
Cole Swider gets a shot to tie it up with a 4 point play!
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The Lakers ended up losing 89-86 after a hard-fought double-overtime contest. Still, Cole Swider and the rest of the team can hold their head high for their Sunday night display.
There were a lot of positives to take away from the game. For one, who could forget about Shareef O'Neal's dunk that will certainly make Shaquille O'Neal proud?
LA has the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans next in their schedule. Hopefully, we'll get to see more epic performances from the Lakers in the rest of the Summer League.