Who says a 41-year-old can’t be a productive basketball player?
It certainly wasn’t Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had his second straight stellar game for the Kyoto Hannaryz on Sunday.
Abdul-Rauf, who’ll turn 42 in March, scored a season-high 28 points in the series finale, leading Kyoto to a 112-90 victory over the visiting Toyama Grouses.
The veteran guard, who started playing pro ball before many of the bj-league’s players began attending elementary school, was 11-for-15 from the field, including 6-for-7 from 3-point range as the Hannaryz recorded a series sweep and scored 107 or more points for the third straight game.
On Sunday, the former LSU All-American and NBA player made his first start since Nov. 19. He played 29 minutes and also dishes out five assists to go along with two steals.
Meanwhile, Kyoto’s Wendell White, the league’s reigning MVP, made a major impact for the hosts, registering 23 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Naoto Nakamura scored 14 points and buried 4 of 6 3s as the much-improved Hannaryz improved to 10-10.