PHOENIX - Mike James hit a tough left handed driving shot with 14 seconds to go, to give the Phoenix Suns the lead as they went onto a 117-115 win over the Sacramento Kings.
James is the first Lamar Cardinal to play in the NBA since Tom Sewell in 1984.
James started the game under new Phoenix coach Jay Triano and finished with 18 points.
James, in only the fourth game of his career, scored 18 points on 8-10 shooting, dished 7 assists and grabbed a pair of rebounds as the starting point guard for the Phoenix Suns.
“I was just trying to be myself,” James said after. “We needed to work on pushing the pace and moving the ball a little bit more.”
On his game winning left-handed scoop shot over the outstretched arms of Willie Cauley-Stein, James was predictably humble.
“I actually practice that shot a lot,” he said with a chuckle. “Like, every day. But I haven’t done it this year, so I was a little nervous when I did it.”
James said that he knew they were running out of time on the shot clock, wouldn’t have enough time to call another play, so he “just kinda went.”
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