The Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Idaho Stampede 135-127 on Friday night at Century Link Arena.
In the first quarter, the D-Fenders (15-10) fell behind by as many as nine points to the Stampede (14-12), but a single-handed 7-0 run from Terrence Williams to end the frame brought the deficit to one point. Los Angeles would carry their momentum into the second period and take back the lead 20 seconds in. A strong defensive period, holding Idaho to 36.0 percent from the field, allowed the D-Fenders to hold a seven-point half time edge. Overall, the D-Fenders shot 51.0 percent from the field and racked up 34 points in the paint in the first half.
Terrence Williams exploded for 20 points in the third quarter, including four three-point field goals on five attempts to lengthen the Los Angeles lead to 13 entering the fourth. The D-Fenders struggled to hold their lead in the final period and allowed Idaho to crawl back within two points with three minutes to play. However, Los Angeles bounced back to finish strong with a 17-11 run to capture their 15th win of the season.
Terrence Williams set a new franchise record with 50 points to go along with nine rebounds to lead the D-Fenders. Williams’ performance beats the previous franchise record set earlier this year by Manny Harris (49 points). Williams also finished three points behind the NBA D-League all-time record of 53 points set by Morris Almond and Will Conroy. Shawne Williams (19 points, eight rebounds), C.J. Williams (19 points, eight rebounds) and Josiah Turner (12 points) also finished in double-digits for Los Angeles.
Dee Bost finished with a triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) and Pierre Jackson (22 points, 12 assists) and Kellen Thornton (19 points, 11 rebounds) finished with double-doubles to lead Idaho. Kevin Murphy (34 points) and E.J. Singler (20 points) also finished in double-digits for the Stampede.
In total, Los Angeles set a new season-high with 19 offensive rebounds, which led to 27 second-chance points. In addition, the D-Fenders set a new season-high in total rebounds with 57.