In the second overtime period against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White exited the game bloodied after taking an elbow to the head during a blocked shot of the Thunder's Jerami Grant.
He returned to the court with a bandage covering his gash and added four more points in the final five minutes to help the Spurs to a thrilling win.
When the final buzzer blared, White walked off the court with 23 points, eight assists and one well-earned block.
“I just want to go out there and try to contribute in any way possible," said White following the game. "These last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling more confident and more comfortable out there."
On a night where LaMarcus Aldridge was the center of attention for his 56-point outburst, White's performance was just another display of his recent stellar play.
He has now scored in double-figures in eight straight games since Dec. 28, the longest stretch of his short pro career. His 23 points against the Thunder was his career-best scoring night.
Also, in his last eight games White is posting 16.8 points, 1.6 steals, 3.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 53 percent shooting from the three-point line and 66 percent from the field. The Spurs are also a +6.5 with him on the court in this span.
At the end of the game, White's play cemented in coach Gregg Popovich's mind how far he has come since his G League days.
“He spent those couple years with the G League, and did a great job in the G League last year, so it’s nice to see him playing the way he is and getting more and more confident all the time," Popovich said.
White's career-scoring night versus Oklahoma City may have been overshadowed by Aldridge's monster game but for White, it just spotlights what he has been doing for the Spurs in his second season.
He established a new career high with nine assists on Nov. 30 versus Houston, had a career-best six steals at Denver on Dec. 28 and recorded a career high with three blocks on Dec. 17 against Philadelphia,
Said White, "Each game I just try to get better and better and try to help the team win.”