Josh Huestis should play more. pic.twitter.com/fGseewYhOp
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) November 13, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Great Falls CMR star Josh Huestis scored a career-high nine points for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 112-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.
Huestis played 22 minutes in the win before fouling out late in the fourth quarter of the game. He finished 3-for-7 from the field, with all of his shots coming from beyond the arc.
The 6-foot, 7-inch forward also recorded one block, two steals, one assist and one rebound in some of the most significant and meaningful minutes of his career. His performance drew praise from ESPN Thunder beat writer Royce Young.
Huestis fouls out, but a very solid game from him: 9 points on 3-7 from 3 in 22 minutes. Hit a couple very timely 3s when OKC’s offense was sputtering, too.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 13, 2017
The Thunder as a team hit a season-high 15 shots from distance, led by Paul George, who converted seven shots from deep on the way to a game-high 37 points.
Huestis played heavy minutes in the first six games of the season for Oklahoma City, but floor time has been sporadic since the team declined to pick up his contract option for a third season.
But it appears Huestis has earned a spot in the rotation with frontcourt players Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony out of the lineup with injuries. Huestis played 16 minutes in a 120-111 win over the LA Clippers on Friday before Sunday’s career night against Dallas.
Huestis is now averaging 2.6 points and 12.6 minutes per game in 10 appearances this season. The Thunder (6-7) will host the Chicago Bulls (2-9) on Nov. 15.