Layman makes his NBA debut, and history, too
For the first three games of his rookie season, and for nearly the first 40 minutes of the fourth, Jake Layman was no more than a paid spectator, sitting on the Portland Trail Blazers bench and never removing his warmups.
It took less than eight minutes Tuesday night, in what was essentially mopup duty of a 23-point blowout loss at home to the Golden State Warriors, for the former Maryland forward to go from an obscure second-round draft pick to an NBA record-holder.
And Twitter trend-setter.
And fan favorite at the Moda Center.
And, quite possibly, regular rotation player for the Trail Blazers.
“You know, I was glad. Obviously, he got in and made shots, got to get a good run,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of Layman, the team’s only draft pick in June. “I was glad for him that he got a little rhythm and hit his WASHINGTON — DeMar DeRozan continued his hot shots.” start by scoring 40 points and outdueling John Wall in a Layman’s first NBA showcase of All-Star guards as the Raptors beat the winless training camp got off to a Wizards, 113-103, on Wednesday night. slow start. He missed two
DeRozan was 14 of 23 from the field despite leaving the weeks after he injured his game briefly to get his ankles taped. Toronto backcourt left shoulder during a mate Kyle Lowry needed three stitches to close a cut below practice running into his right eye but still scored 18 points. teammate Mason Plum
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Wall was dominant in leading the Wizards with 33 points points in less than eight on 13-for-19 shooting and 11 assists. Otto Porter Jr. was minutes in his official 11-for-13 from the field for 23 points and Bradley Beal scored NBA debut. 15, but Washington did itself in with 21 turnovers that the It was the most points Raptors turned into 30 points. by a Trail Blazer in his
Wall almost single-handedly led the Wizards back in the NBA debut since the fourth quarter, awakening the crowd of 19,581 when he stole team’s current star, Dathe ball from Lowry and tied the score at 92. mian Lillard, scored 23 in
But DeRozan and Lowry put on an offensive clinic down 38 minutes against the the stretch as Washington couldn’t stop them or force the Oklahoma City Thunder ball elsewhere. in 2012.
DeRozan’s 40 keep Wizards winless
Layman’s five 3-pointers tied him with Donyell Marshall for the most in NBA history by a rookie making his debut. Layman was one 3-pointer shy of Cliff Robinson’s team record in a quarter.
Here’s how Layman did it:
Layman hit his first NBA shot, a 25-footer, with 7:09 to play.
Then, after getting a defensive rebound, the 6-foot-9 Layman made another 25-footer exactly a minute later.
After a steal, Layman threw down a dunk with a Warrior on his back with 5:20 to go.
Layman missed another long 3-pointer, from 26 feet, with 3:24 left, the ball going more than halfway down before spinning out.
He followed with two more 3-pointers, at the 2:54 mark and again 30 seconds later. He then airballed a 3-pointer with 1:46 to go.
With the crowd urging him to keep shooting, Layman drove into the lane and after getting doubleteamed under the basket, found Noah Vonleh at the top of the key for the first of his two straight 3s with 1:23 left.
Layman hit the last shot of the game, another long 3, with five seconds left. The crowd gave the former Terp a standing ovation.