Tuesday night has become a regular occurrence these days for Mike Scott. He went off for 24 points in 23 minutes on 11-for-15 shooting, production that was pivotal in another Wizards win.
This has become a running theme for the former University of Virginia star, who is now averaging 15.4 points in his last eight games while shooting a slightly-more-than-decent 79.1 percent from the field. That streak is quickly turning him into a fan favorite.
Each time he was subbed out on Tuesday, the 16,529 in attendance at Capital One Arena treated him with a roaring applause. Many fans stood up and out of their seats to cheer.
Those fans see a guy making a difference on the court for their favorite team, but they may not know what those moments mean to Scott himself.
"It felt great. I don't really show a lot of emotion on the court, but that did feel great," Scott said. "I'm very grateful for that. It may seem like nothing to other players, but stuff like that, it feels great to a player. It's very encouraging, especially from the past years that I've had. It just feels great."
It wasn't long ago that Scott's NBA career and life as a free man was in jeopardy due to various injuries to his left leg and a felony drug arrest that could have put him in prison for up to 25 years.
Scott beat the case, then had to lose 30 pounds over the summer to earn a contract with the Wizards. His road back makes nights like Tuesday's more special than they may seem and that perserverance is also earning him some attention around the Wizards locker room.
"That's just a guy that understands that we all are human. Everybody makes mistakes. You can bounce back," guard John Wall said.
"He admitted that he made a mistake. Stuff happens in life, but he put it behind him. He put in a lot of work to get in the best shape that he could to come back and help our team. You can't do nothing but applaud a guy like that and give him a lot of respect."
For this to happen in Washington, D.C., the closest NBA city to his hometown of Chesapeake, Va., adds a nice angle to Scott's story. He's having quite the homecoming so far this season as an early candidate for NBA Comeback Player of the Year.
"My dad is here a lot. My friends are here a lot. It's only a three-hour drive to Chesapeake, 2 1/2 with the way my dad drives. It's great," he said.
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