Patrick Patterson did not hesitate, contrary to the split second he waited before launching the 3-pointer that put away the Rockets' victory Wednesday night. Asked about continuing to come off the bench, as he has in three games since missing seven with a bruised foot, he immediately said he wanted his starting job back. Patterson said he would not say a word to coaches, so he went about proving his point another way.
With the Rockets unable to shake the Hornets, Patterson took over a close game down the stretch, sending the Rockets past New Orleans 104-92 at Toyota Center. With the Hornets within six points with three minutes left, Patterson scored on a putback, a 3-pointer and a reverse to give the Rockets a 13-point lead, their largest, and himself a 13-point fourth quarter.
Even before his late-game breakthrough, Patterson, who paired 15 points with a season-high 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes, had his sights set not on finishing games but starting them.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 27, 1956, Kentucky scored 143 points against Georgia for the most points ever scored by a Kentucky team in a single game.
- On February 27, 1956, Kentucky made 60 field goals against Georgia for the most field goals ever made in a single game by a Kentucky team.
- On February 27, 2016, freshman Jamal Murray scored 33 points at Vanderbilt.