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Great Falls' Josh Huestis scores 1st NBA points

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Josh Huestis celebrating at the Sting in Great Falls on NBA Draft Night 2014 (MTN News photo) Josh Huestis celebrating at the Sting in Great Falls on NBA Draft Night 2014 (MTN News photo)

Former Great Falls CMR standout Josh Huestis scored his first career points in the NBA Thursday.

Huestis, a second-year small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, entered the Thunder’s game against the Utah Jazz with just under five minutes remaining.

He sank a 3-pointer from the left wing for his first points.

Players on the Oklahoma City bench, including all-star Kevin Durant, celebrated in an over-the-top frenzy. 

The Thunder won the game 113-91.

"It felt amazing. It's something I've been thinking about for a long time," Huestis told The Oklahoman. "A lot of build up to it, but my teammates had confidence in me going in, giving me a lot of great advice, calming me down. Felt confident out there, so it was really exciting."

Huestis won consecutive Gatorade Player of the Year awards while helping lead CMR to back-to-back Class AA state championships in 2009 and 2010.

He was Montana’s first two-time Gatorade winner. Missoula Hellgate’s Tres Tinkle, who is now a freshman at Oregon State, also won the award twice.

After his standout high school career, Huestis played college basketball at Stanford (California) University, where he set the program record for blocked shots in a career.

The Thunder drafted Huestis with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft.

Thursday was the first game Huestis played in for the Thunder.

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