PBA: AZ Reid on flirting with quadruple-double: I get paid to win

Philip Matel on Sep 21, 2018 07:59 PM
AZ Reid on flirting with quadruple-double: I get paid to win
Yes, AZ Reid almost logged a quadruple-double. On a bum ankle.

It seems that AZ Reid was dismissive after a tremendous performance against the Columbian Dyip Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The 6'5 forward filled up the stat sheets, finishing the game with all-around stats of 16 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists and six steals in the 143-119 victory.

Yes, almost a quadruple-double. On a bum ankle. 

For Reid, a two-time former Best Import of the Conference in his stint with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, getting the win was far more important, since it was his mandate to get the win, not post gaudy stats.

"I don't care if I have two points, one rebound, zero assists and we win by 10. I want the win man. I don't get paid for stats, I get paid to win. So, it's a great thing to have a triple-double you know, almost a quadruple-double. Which how bad I played in the first half," Reid shared after the game.

Reid had two points, ten boards, and five assists in the first 24 minutes of action, wherein he was sent to the locker room to nurse his ankle injury.

Giving up 40 points in the second quarter and a 64-66 deficit at the halftime break certainly help fuel them to succeed.

"We picked up with our defensive intensity. I was thinking on my mind, '[expletive] this sprained ankle', got to dig deep through this. We needed this game badly," the swingman bared.

By the end of the third, the close game turned into a blowout, a 23-point lead after 12 minutes of action and the now 2-1 Beermen never looked back, 107-84.

At the end of it all, San Miguel had tied a PBA record for most threes in a game with 23 made from downtown, replicating a record last made in 2009, coincidentally against them.

Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and Alex Cabagnot combined for 16 of the 23. 

This made Reid hum a happy tune for his team.

"Man, for me we're the strongest team in the league. Tonight, we scored 143 points. But, I hate the fact that we gave up 119 points. That's unacceptable man. We got to do a better job of closing out, better job of finishing plays, getting rebounds, stop the team in transition."

He praised his opponents for their run-and-gun style and controlling the pace of the first half, which led to 17 fastbreak points to San Miguel's five in the first 24 minutes of action. 

Now that they get their first big test against two-time defending champs Ginebra on Sunday, the import expects fireworks that would certainly bring joy for the fans.

"I look forward to it, playing against Ginebra. It's always a pleasure. It's always fun. A war against those guys, same company. You know they have a great import, Brownlee, a great team, a great coach in Tim Cone. I look forward to play against those guys."

 

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