Norris Cole the Next Miami HEAT Star?
Heat rookie point guard Norris Cole scored nine consecutive points in the final three minutes of the game to stave off the Celtics. The reserve from Cleveland State sparked his own rally with 3:15 left when he absorbed a charge from Brandon Bass, who outweighes the young firecracker by 75 pounds.
Cole lay on his back and pounded his fists in excitement. An obscure name from the Horizon League on draft day, Cole made a name for himself in his first home game.
Fans chanted “MVP!” as Cole went to the free-throw line with 9.3 seconds left and the game already won. He swished both attempts to cement his storybook home debut. Cole scored 20 points, shooting 8 of 16 from the field, to go along with four rebounds and four assists.
“I guess that’s some hard work paying off,” Cole said. “It was one of those nights where LeBron [James] and Dwyane [Wade] kept finding me and just kept knocking it down.”