CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Razorback Bobby Portis made his NBA debut Tuesday night as the Chicago Bulls fell to the Charlotte Hornets 130-105 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Portis entered his first NBA game with 9:44 remaining in the fourth quarter and wasted no time, knocking down a 19-foot jumper for his first points as a professional.
The Little Rock, Ark., native would go on to make his final four shots of the game, including an emphatic dunk in transition to finish 5-for-7 from the field for 10 points in nearly 10 minutes of action.
According to basketball-reference.com, Portis is the first NBA player in 25 years to debut with 10-plus points in less than 10 minutes play. Houston’s Kennard Winchester was the last player to accomplish the feat on Nov. 6, 1990.
During his two-year career at Arkansas, Portis became the first player in program history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds by the end of his sophomore season. He broke Arkansas’ eight-year run without an All-American in 2014-15, earning AP All-America second team, USBWA All-America second team and Sporting News All-America third team honors.
Portis and the Bulls are now 3-2 on the year and return to the hardwood Thursday night, hosting Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center in Chicago.
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