Gerald Green's 41 Points for Suns: Highlights, Reactions and A Look Back

With every scoring outburst and highlight-reel dunk, Gerald Green has been moving up the ranks of the best feel-good stories of the NBA season. Since the All-Star break, Green -- who just two years ago was trying to salvage his floundering career with the NBA D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders -- has emerged as the Phoenix Suns' top scorer as they push for a Western Conference playoff spot.

And he experienced yet another high point on Thursday night as the 6-8 swingman poured in a career-high 41 points against the Thunder, including 25 in the third quarter. He sunk six of his eight threes in that third quarter, as well, stealing some of the buzz from the NBA Finals rematch.

"There's a great feature on Gerald Green waiting to be written," tweeted Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard. This won't be that feature, but here are some of the other reactions to Green's explosion, plus a look back at his two stints in the NBA D-League:

Green played for the Florida Flame and Fayetteville Patriots during his rookie 2005-06 season, then returned after stints in Russia and China to play for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2011-12. It was with L.A. that his breakout began, as he won that season's NBA D-League All-Star Game MVP Award, showcasing not only his signature athletic ability but also a much-improved jump shot en route to averaging 19.1 points per game on 46% shooting from beyond the arc.