The swagger in Paul Lee is again, and the previous Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) Rookie of the 12 months had that in full show on Sunday when the stakes had been excessive between two title contending groups.
The Tondo-born guard erupted for 18 huge factors within the fourth quarter in spearheading Magnolia’s enormous 100-90 Philippine Cup win over San Miguel Beer that gave the Hotshots a crack at clinching the remaining twice-to-beat benefit for the primary spherical of the playoffs.
In all, the 32-year-old Lee torched the Beermen for 32 factors, spiked by a 3-of-6 capturing from past the arc, 4 rebounds and 5 assists to assist his group finish its elimination spherical marketing campaign on a excessive word after successful back-to-back video games on the Don Honorio Ventura State College fitness center.
“I simply labored arduous to get my outdated type again,” mentioned Lee, who struggled earlier within the convention with a slight hamstring harm. “That was a roller-coaster interval for me with the harm.”
Magnolia completed the eliminations with an 8-3 report, presently in solo third place, however nonetheless in good place to notch the no. 2 seeding getting into the quarterfinals.
The output is the fifth profession 30-point recreation of Lee as per PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, whereas the 18 factors within the fourth interval is essentially the most scored in 1 / 4 by a participant this season.
Lee answering the decision for Magnolia earned him the nod because the Cignal-Play PBA Press Corps Participant of the Week for the interval of Sept. 15 to 19.
Lee edged TNT’s Mikey Williams in voting by the women and men overlaying the PBA beat.
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