Two nights after missing a wide-open game-winning three-point shot in Portland, Anchorage basketball star Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat more than redeemed himself in Sacramento against the Kings.
The former Alaska Player of the Year equaled a club record and set an arena record with by burying 10 three-point shots en route to scoring a career-high 34 points in a 128-99 victory.
Chalmers, the former Bartlett High star, is used to hitting the big shot. He buried the game-winner to capture the NCAA championship for the University of Kansas when he was a senior at Lawrence.
So when he missed the other night, it had an effect.
“I still had that in the back of my mind,” he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Any time when I get a good look, I always want to make the shot. I just wanted to come out and try to put that behind me.”
He did it on just 13 attempts, for a scorching shooting percentage of 77%.
Chalmers now shares the Heat record with Brian Shaw. He broke the Sacramento arena record of nine 3s held by Mike Bibby and Antoine Walker.