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Agua Caliente Clippers' Anthony Bennett gets hot, goes for 36 points in G League win

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Anthony Bennett (NBA Getty Images)

Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is grinding to make his way back to the NBA.

After stints with Cleveland, Minnesota, Toronto and Brooklyn, the Brampton native spent time overseas before landing in the NBA G League. This season, the 25-year-old is playing with the Agua Caliente Clippers, the G League affiliate of the LA Clippers

Friday night, Bennett erupted for a career-high 36 points in a three-point Agua Caliente win over the Austin Spurs. In 26 minutes of action, the Canadian was 12-for-13 from the field, 8-for-9 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Bennett also grabbed six rebounds, dished out an assist and got one steal in the game.

Bennett surpassed his previous season high of 23 points, which came in a loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors earlier in the month. In that game, Bennett was 7-for-12 from the field and 3-for-7 from long range.

Through seven games, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 13.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in just under 19 minutes per game. After Friday night's performance, he is now shooting above a 50 percent clip from deep.

Selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013, Bennett is showing what made him such a special player during his one year at UNLV. The Agua Caliente Clippers are 4-3 in the games in which Bennett suits up and 5-5 overall for the season.

With more performances like Friday night's, Bennett could very well find himself back in the NBA sooner rather than later.

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