The Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Springfield Armor 134-128 on Monday night.
In the first quarter, the D-Fenders (20-13) and the Armor (13-21) played a tightly contested match for the first ten minutes. However, Los Angeles struggled in the final two minutes and allowed Springfield to go on a 14-3 run to close the quarter and claim a 10-point advantage. The D-Fenders bounced back in the second frame by shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and tallying a second quarter season-high tying 38 points to pull within four points at the break. Overall, Los Angeles connected on 46.7 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from the three-point line in the first half.
In the third period, Springfield extended their lead to as many as 11 points early, but Los Angeles would answer with a 21-6 run over the final five minutes to take their first lead since the initial quarter. The Armor would yet again pull the game back in their favor, taking a one-point lead with three minutes remaining in the game. Despite Springfield’s resurgence, Los Angeles closed the game on an 11-5 run to secure their 20th victory of the season, and outright ownership of first place in the Western Division.
Manny Harris led all scorers with 30 points and nine rebounds to spearhead the D-Fenders attack. Also finishing in double-digits for Los Angeles were Terrence Williams (23 points), Brandon Costner (22 points, six rebounds), Shawne Williams (17 points), and James Southerland (13 points, six rebounds). Additionally, Travis Hyman posted 14 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
The Armor were led by double-doubles from Willie Reed (20 points, 13 rebounds) and Jeff Foote (19 points, 11 rebounds). Darius Johnson-Odom (23 points, six assists), Devin Ebanks (19 points) and Larry Anderson (17 points, six assists) also finished in double-figures for Springfield.
In total, the D-Fenders tied a season-high with 32 made free-throw attempts. Despite being out-scored in the paint, Los Angeles proved adept at getting out in the open court, topping Springfield in fast-break points (28-13).
The D-Fenders will now travel to Texas to take on the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) on Thursday, February 27th at 5:00pm, at The Dr. Pepper Arena, in Frisco, Texas.