Casspi at a Tel Aviv press conference in June.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty)

Omri Casspi, the Sacramento Kings rookie who is the first Israeli to play in the NBA, got his first start Wednesday. And he came through: he scored a career-high 22 points, grabbed five rebounds, and sunk a crucial late-game three-pointer, which ended up being the difference in the Kings’ 112-109 won.

In other Jewish basketball news, at a game between Upper Darby and Lower Merion High Schools in the Philadelphia suburbs, students from Upper Darby, which has far fewer Jews than its Main Line rival, taunted their opponents with chants of, “Warm up the ovens,” “You’re so Jewish, get your yarmulke,” and “We’ll write you letters when you’re in Auschwitz.” Lower Merion responded by blowing them out, 51-27. One Lower Merion alum told Tablet Magazine this morning: “The surprising thing is not the taunting, it’s that we won.”

Casspi Wows ‘Em in First-Ever Start [Haaretz]
Philly Students Dunked After Holocaust Taunts [JTA]

Earlier: Omri Casspi Is Ready for Primetime