Mario Calmers’ hot shooting from arc leads NBA, ties Heat record
"Rio had it goin', man," said Miami Heat forward LeBron James. "And we kept finding him. It was awesome."
It was a pleasant change for Mario Calmers, who is often the scapegoat when things don’t go right on the floor, although with his drastically progressing performance there’s not much blame to throw around. Mario Calmers shot 12-for 16 from the floor and was 10-for-13 from beyond the arc.
"I got started early," said Mario Chalmers, who thwarted the Sacramento Kings spirits since early in the game. "I started off with two easy layups, and then my teammates did a good job of finding me open behind the 3."
The Miami Heat are freshly off a two game losing streak, including game against Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, where Mario Chalmers fells just short of becoming a hear upon missing a crucial 3-pointer as the clock expired.
"I just wanted to get back into a good rhythm," said Mario Chalmers, amplifying his success just a game later. "I feel like I've been struggling all season. Especially missing that last shot in Portland, I wanted to get my mind on things, come out here and redeem myself a little bit."
With Saturday’s success, Mario Chalmers became just the fourth Miami heat player this season to score at least 34 points in a game. No other team in the NBA has currently above three players on the roster who can claim to have scored at least 34 points a game this season. Mario Chalmers also became the third league player in over two decades to score 10 3-pointers on 13 attempts or less in a singular game.
Ty Lawson shot 10-for-11 3-pointers for Denver Nuggets when facing the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 9, 2011. George McCloud went on 10-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc against the Phoenix Suns during his Dallas era on Dec. 16, 1995. The only other Miami Heat player who can match Mario Chalmers’ accomplishment of scoring 10 3-pointers in a game was Brian Shaw, back in 1993.
"This is a classic one for Mario. I liked it because he just had an opportunity in the last game to hit a game-winner and he missed it. I liked that he came back aggressive,” said Maimi Heat guard Dwyane Wade. “Credit to him for tying a Heat record, hitting 10 3's, I mean, that's just a phenomenal feat. We all know that Mario, no matter what goes on, he's a big-game type player."
But can Mario Chalmers keep his hot shooting from beyond the arc rolling in Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz?
“It came from a lot of good ball movement, a lot of great spacing, guys were very unselfish and there were a lot of wide-open shots because of that,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra nailed down Mario Chalmers being able to score 10 3-pointers in Saturday’s game. “And it was great to see him knock those down."