Rio Grande Valley Alum Troy Daniels Saves Houston's Season

Daniels goes from the NBA D-League to Playoffs hero.

With one 3-pointer, NBA D-League alum Troy Daniels went from relatively unknown to household name. The sharpshooting guard that set the record for 3-pointers made in a single season with Rio Grande Valley this year propelled the Rockets to a Game 3 win with a clutch bucket with 11 seconds left in OT against Portland.

Here's what the basketball world is saying about his improbable heroics: Rated Rookie: Troy Daniels Saves Rockets

    "They keep score in the D-League the same as they do in the NBA, but the things that matter are very different. If you want to keep playing, you absolutely must keep shooting. No matter the game or opponent, no matter the situation or the game plan. If you want to have a job the next day, you must be aggressive.

    Unemployment is for the timid.

    And so it shouldn't have been all that big of a surprise that when the ball found D-League call-up Troy Daniels with the score tied and just 11 seconds left on the clock at the end of overtime of the Houston Rockets' 121-116 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, he just did what he's been doing all year to keep eating." Rockets get unlikeliest of boosts in OT to outlast Blazers in Game 3

    "When you’re down 0-2, on the road and shoulder-deep in desperation, you’ll try just about anything.

    Enter Daniels, the D-Leaguer who gave the Rockets the unlikeliest spark of this postseason. The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter came off the bench Friday to play 20 minutes, score nine points and hit 3-of-6 three-pointers, including the game-winning triple in OT that saved the Rockets’ season."

Yahoo! Sports: Houston beats Portland on a game-winning 3-pointer by unheralded rookie Troy Daniels

    "And now we have a nice little storyline twist, with an unheralded minor league call-up – one that still hasn't played triple-digit NBA minutes at this point – absolutely saving Houston's season with one splash from 25 feet. Welcome to the podium, Troy Daniels."

USA Today: Who is Troy Daniels? Everyone in Portland now knows.

    "If the Rockets find a way to survive these Blazers and move on, the Daniels subplot will go down as one of the most improbable in league history."

And, of course, Twitter weighed in.