Tyler Johnson, the star a season ago on a breakthrough 20-win Fresno State team, scored a pair of points on two free throws in his NBA debut Wednesday night — a 104-89 loss to Golden State in Oakland.
Johnson became the 30th Bulldog to make it to the NBA, according to the university. He entered in the final 2 minutes and scored the Heat's final two points with 22.6 seconds to play.
In 13 games (all starts) for the Miami's NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Johnson was averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 33.9 minutes while shooting 47.7% from the field, 46.3% from 3-point range and 82.1% from the foul line.
It was a homecoming for the rookie, who prepped across the bay at St. Francis High in Mountain View.
Johnson, after his call-up this week on a 10-day contract, had promised "If I play 1 minute, it'll be the hardest minute I've ever played."