Wizards’ Thomas Bryant hits all 14 of his shots in 3OT thriller vs. Suns
The average NBA fan probably didn’t know who Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant was before Saturday night, but after the performance Bryant had against the Phoenix Suns, he should be well-known come Sunday morning.
The Wizards defeated the Phoenix Suns at home on Saturday in triple overtime, and Thomas Bryant had the game of his life, scoring a career-high 31 points while shooting 14-of-14 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. The 21-year-old also grabbed 13 rebounds.
The @WashWizards Thomas Bryant was 14-14 from the field tonight. The last player to make at least 14 field goals in a game without a miss was Gary Payton on Jan. 4, 1995.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) December 23, 2018
Thomas Bryant was clutch all game for the Wizards. After All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal missed a layup in double overtime with Washington down two, Bryant was johnny on the spot and tipped the ball in to tie the game. He also hit two clutch free throws in the third overtime.
In case you didn’t know, Thomas Bryant played his college ball at Indiana University. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 42nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night. Bryant played with the South Bay Lakers most of last season, but he did appear in 15 games for the Lakers and averaged 1.5 points.
The Lakers then waived Thomas Bryant this past June, allowing the Wizards to claim him off waivers. With Dwight Howard out rehabbing his back injury, the Wizards have been relying on Bryant more than they thought they would and he is turning heads left and right.