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Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons dedicates 43-point game to recently deceased grandfather

Anfernee Simons at Atlanta Hawks v Portland Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, OREGON - JANUARY 03: Anfernee Simons #1 of the Portland Trail Blazers is doused with water by teammates after a 43 point performance during the 136-131 win against the Atlanta Hawks at Moda Center on January 03, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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The Hawks lost despite Trae Young scoring an NBA season-high 56-points last night.


In part because Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons scored a career-high 43 points.

Afterward, Simons revealed his grandfather died the day before from cancer and said he thought about his grandpa throughout the game:


This is all him, honestly. I take credit to him. I dedicate this whole game to him. So, like I said, I can’t take credit tonight. That was all him.
It was a sad kind of day, but he would want me to play today. So, I wanted to go out there and play my game and play to the best of my abilities. I mean, that was all him that took over my body tonight.

The NBA season is long with too many low-meaning games. Especially this year, games have been devalued by teams scraping the bottom of the bin for replacement players with so many regulars sidelined due to coronavirus.

But there are still some special performances.