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Spurs’ Derrick White has 4th most inside points by a guard in last 20 postseasons

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The dreaded sophomore slump hasn’t affected San Antonio Spurs point guard Derrick White. He joined elite company in the NBA’s record books on Thursday.

White’s 24 points in the paint against the Denver Nuggets on April 18 is the fourth-most in the postseason by a guard in the last 20 years. PoundingtheRock.com editor in chief J.R. Wilco tweeted the development on Thursday.

Only fellow guards Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Kyrie Irving scored more playoff points in the paint in the last 20 years. That’s elite company, for sure.

White scored a career-high 36 points in the Spurs’ 118-108 victory. He inflicted most of his damage in the first half. White scored 16 points in the second quarter for a total of 26 points in the first 24 minutes.

White has been squaring off against Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray. The latter scored 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nuggets overcome a 19-point deficit in Game 2.

White yelled, stomped his feet, and flexed his muscles whenever he scored against the Nuggets on Thursday. He normally doesn’t do those things. However, it seems the Spurs’ loss in Game 2 brought out the best in White.

Denver head coach Michael Malone told The Associated Press (via ESPN) he’s certain Murray’s performance in Game 2 fueled White on Thursday.

There is no doubt in my mind that Derrick White, the last couple of days, has been reminded about Jamal Murray’s fourth-quarter performance.

Derrick White came out like he hadn’t eaten in two days. He came out hungry, he came out (ticked) off and he sent a very loud and clear message. I’m anxious to see our guys, how do we respond to that.

Malone’s counterpart, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich agreed. “He (White) was obviously spectacular,” he told The Associated Press. “I don’t know what else to say. At both ends of the floor.”

White is just 24 years old. His best days as a pro baller are still ahead of him. Expect more explosive performances from him in the future.