Last night's game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets got off to a sluggish start. it was the highest scoring game for any bench player in the NBA this season.
They were down by 14 at the end of the first quarter and appeared confused and out of rhythm. Jose Alvarado then entered the match.
Alvarado gave the Pelicans instant life, as he has done numerous times this season, and started flying about the court on both ends.
As the shot clock was winding down, he made a fast 3-point jumper, which was only a preview of his night.
As soon as Alvarado entered the game, he scored eight points in a row, giving the New Orleans Pelicans a surprising boost and allowing them to close the first quarter with a four-point deficit
Alvarado led the Pels in scoring with 19 points at the half, and his enthusiasm helped the entire squad.
As he continued to play, Jose scored 19 more points in the second half to finish with 38 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Most importantly, though, Jose carried the Pelicans through a difficult period, inspired everyone else,
and helped them defeat the team that was closest to them in the standings. it was the highest scoring game for any bench player in the NBA this season.
Not what you would have anticipated from a player who never even scored 30 points in a game in college,