Langdon drops 20 on Heat (Basketball)
Anchorage’s Trajan Langdon probably looks forward to playing in the annual NBA-Euroleague challenge with the same enthusiasm as Alaskans do about cashing their PFD checks.
It’s easy money.
Langdon, a former NBA lottery pick now with Russian power CKSA Moscow, continued his assault on NBA competition with a 20-point performance tonight in a 96-85 loss to the Miami Heat.
The 34-year-old guard has averaged double figures in all eight of his seasons in the Euroleague since leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2002. In about a dozen exhibition games against NBA teams, the Alaska Sports Hall of Famer has been good for double digits with high games of 16, 17 and 18 points.
As usual Langdon hit big shots all night, helping the Russians built an early 10-point lead only to have LeBron James and Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers come back for the home crowd.
Trajan Langdon looks for a shot against the Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers. Both players won Alaska player-of-the-year honors three times during their high school days.
James led all scorers with 22 points, although he left in the third quarter with leg cramps.
Before leaving, The King and The Alaskan Assassin had their own game of H-O-R-S-E.
After James hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 34 with 4:16 remaining until halftime, Langdon keyed a 7-0 run by scoring five points from the foul line.
Langdon, of East High fame, put CSKA Moscow ahead by seven with a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in the half only to see James nail a buzzer-beating jumper to keep Miami within 39-44 at halftime.
“We’ve played against NBA teams before,” Langdon told reporters. “We know that this is a very good Heat team. We know that there are a lot of new players here. We’ve been in camp a little bit longer than them so I think our rhythm and playing together, we know what we’re doing a little bit more than they do at this time in terms of knowing each other.”
CSKA continued to challenge in the second half and rallied to within 86-81 on a Langdon jumper with just over four minutes remaining.
Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, has battled ankle soreness since a nasty sprain this summer and was limping after scoring the final points of the night.
The team wasn’t concerned, saying it is sure his ankle isn’t getting worse.