Tuesday night in Brooklyn Marcus Thornton played his best game of basketball in a Houston Rockets uniform with 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Thornton’s 32 points are the most scored by any player off the bench in the NBA so far this season.
Averaging 11 points a game, Thornton has been huge for the Rockets this season. Signed to a veteran’s minimum contract, Thornton’s production has greatly outweighed his cost, and he has brought an offensive spark off the bench.
In a certain sense, Thornton has taken on the role many thought Ty Lawson would before the season started. Thornton has been able to knock down threes that the rest of the team have struggled to make so far this season, as well as create his own shot off the dribble.
Marcus Thornton's 32 points are the most off the bench in the NBA this season.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 9, 2015
Thornton’s impressive play to start the season has removed some of the scoring pressure from James Harden, and the Rockets have been able to rely on him to score the ball when their offense has turned stagnant.
With Trevor Ariza‘s back injury, look for Thornton to play increased minutes tonight as the Houston Rockets take on the Washington Wizards.
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