Malcolm Brogdon’s strong start to the 2020-21 NBA season continues as the Virginia alum got a last-second floater to fall for the win in an overtime victory for the Indiana Pacers against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. With the score tied at 116-all and the clock ticking away, Brogdon waited for his moment at the top of the arc.
As the clock hit eight seconds, the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year drove past his defender. He stopped at the free throw line, took as step back, and then let loose a floater that would be extremely familiar to Virginia fans. It bounced around on the rim dramatically before falling through the cylinder with just over a second remaining.
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Malcolm Brogdon gets to his spot and floats it in for the @Pacers win in OT! pic.twitter.com/Cw2bZGujfG— NBA (@NBA) January 5, 2021
Indiana trailed by 10 points with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter before mounting a comeback to force overtime. With the win, the Pacers improved to 5-2 on the season. Against New Orleans, Brogdon had a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists and finished three boards shy of a triple-double.
Brogdon entered the game scoring 22.2 points per game and shooting 53% from the field and 45% from three. In addition to the points, he is averaging 6.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. His 22.2 points per game is good enough for 24th in the NBA, and he’s 16th in the league in assists per game.
He had a memorable game-winner as a Cavalier, hitting a late shot in a tie-game on the road against Pitt in 2014. After the game, Brogdon told media that it was his first career game-winner on any level.
Next up, the Pacers host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.