Jones amassed 36 points (13-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 10-12 FT), five rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block during Wednesday's 128-110 win over host Wisconsin.
The G-League Slam Dunk contest winner in 2018 erupted for a career high as he reached the 30-point mark for the first time in his career. Since scoring seven points on Jan. 5, Jones has been on a hot streak, averaging 21.2 points over his last 14 games and reaching the 20-point mark in half of those games.
Jones won the G-League Slam Dunk Contest on Sunday, defeating Michael Bryson 86-74 in the final round, Michael Sebring of the News-Sentinel reports.
Jones brought a strong performance Sunday, scoring a 94 out of a possible 100 in the first round and following that with an 86 out of 100 in the second. He was able to score a perfect 50 on his final dunk of the first round before securing the title by scoring a 41 on his final dunk. Jones will look to continue his strong season for the Mad Ants, scoring 15.5 points and collecting 4.3 rebounds in 29.0 minutes.
Jones will compete against four other high-flying G League stars in the G League Slam Dunk Contest that will take place during the International Challenge, scheduled for Feb. 18, per the G League.
Jones, who's averaging 15.5 points and 4.3 board per game, will initially compete in the preliminary round which will be conducted before tip-off of the International Challenge. The championship round will then take place at halftime. Jones has started 35 of 36 games for the Mad Ants and is a key part of their rotation, averaging 29 minutes of run per game. Jones is also shooting 41% from behind the three point arc.
Jones was waived by the Pacers on Saturday.
Jones was given a training camp deal back in September, but was never expected to make the final roster, which makes Saturday's release unsurprising. He'll likely head to the G-League to start the upcoming campaign, with the hope of sparking some interest from NBA teams later in the season. He could also head overseas after playing in the French LNB Pro B League last season.
Jones signed a training camp contract with the Pacers on Thursday.
After going undrafted out of the University of Miami back in 2012, Jones got his first taste of NBA action with the Magic. He ended up playing 63 games during the 2012-13 campaign, but was waived following the season and has yet to latch on with another NBA team since. Jones has spent the last three years overseas, most recently playing for Lille Metropole Basket Clubs of the French LNB Pro B league. He averaged 16.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 block during his 2016-17 campaign, but will now come back Stateside for a chance to play with Indiana. Jones has an uphill battle to make the final roster and could opt to head back overseas when all is said and done.
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