Lay­man makes his NBA de­but, and his­tory, too

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD SERIES - AP By Don Markus don.markus @balt­sun.com twit­ter/sport­sprof56

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

Those prob­lem­slee.didn’tslow­down­theRap­tors(3-1)as they spoiled the home opener for Wash­ing­ton (0-3). It didn’t mat­ter TuesTer­rence Ross added 15 points for Toronto. day. He fin­ished with 17

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

Jake Lay­man

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.

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