Anfernee Simons Scores 43 Points Night After Grandfather Dies of Cancer

In Summary

The young Portland Trailblazer guard had the best night of his career. He revealed postgame what motivated his scoring outburst in the win. 

Anfernee Simons is not a household name in the NBA, but the 4th-year player put all his skills on display in an emotional, career-high 43-point performance. 

Simons helped the Trail Blazers to a 136-131 home win against the Atlanta Hawks. He was on fire from beyond the arc, shooting 9-of-16 from 3-point range. 

But Simons had motivation behind the best night of his career. He revealed in a postgame interview that his grandfather died of cancer on Sunday. 

“I really can’t take credit for how I played tonight… Sadly my grandpa died last night from cancer,” Simons said. “This is all him, honestly. I give credit to him, dedicated this whole game to him.” 

Simons became the youngest Portland player with a 40-point game in franchise history at 22 years old. 

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