In a battle of former Alabama Crimson Tide basketball stars, Tony Mitchell’s Fort Wayne Pistons got the better of JaMychal Green’s Austin Toros in NBA D-League action on Friday night. The Pistons edged the Toros in a triple-overtime thriller led by Tony Mitchell’s 47 points, which was the highest scoring individual performance of the season in the NBA’s Developmental League.
Mitchell actually struggled from the field as he went just 16-for-41 to get to 47 points as he added 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Despite the poor shooting, Mitchell came up clutch when his team needed him the most. Trailing by 3 with just over three seconds to play in the second overtime, Mitchell banked in a three pointer to send the game to a third overtime. JaMychal Green actually had a chance to seal the game, but he missed a pair of free throws just prior to Mitchell’s game tying shot at the buzzer.
Once again, Mitchell came up clutch in triple overtime as he knocked down what proved to be the game winning jumper with 5.2 seconds to play to put the game away once and for all.
Mitchell’s brilliant performance overshadowed his former teammates’ strong night. JaMychal Green put up a season-high 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds. Green, however, missed on a couple chances to win the game for the Toros. Along with the aforementioned missed free throws, Green missed a shot at the buzzer in the first overtime that would have won the game. While he didn’t come up clutch this time around, Green does have a couple game winning shots on his resume this season.
Both Mitchell and Green are making a name for themselves in the D-League as both continue to improve and look to one day earn a spot on an NBA roster. More eye opening games like this and it won’t be long before we see both playing in the NBA.
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