The Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Texas Legends 150-124 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, on Monday night.
In the first quarter, the D-Fenders (14-10) defense got the team off to a fast start, forcing the Legends (14-11) into seven turnovers which led to 12 fast break points and an early nine-point advantage. Los Angeles pushed their lead to 14 points in the second frame, but an 11-5 run from Texas to end the half brought the D-Fenders lead back down to eight at the close of the initial 24 minutes of play. In total, the D-Fenders shot 43.6 percent from the field and forced the Legends into 12 turnovers in the first half.
The D-Fenders offense erupted in the third period to the tune of third quarter season-high 42 points on 66.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the three-point line. The offensive onslaught allowed Los Angeles to extend their lead to 18 points entering the final quarter. The hot-shooting continued in the fourth quarter with the D-Fenders totaling 45 points on 62.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from the three-point line. Leading by as many as 32 points, the D-Fenders phenomenal second-half performance led to a new franchise-record 150 points scored in a single game; besting the previous high of 138 points.
C.J. Williams led the charge for Los Angeles, scoring an NBA D-League career-high 36 points. Terrence Williams (27 points, seven assists), James Southerland (19 points), Shawne Williams (18 points), Brandon Costner (15 points, nine rebounds) and Josiah Turner (11 points, seven assists) all finished in double-digits as well. Josh Magette also pitched in 12 assists for the D-Fenders.
The Legends were commanded by Devin Ebanks (27 points, nine rebounds), P.J. Hairston (23 points), Melvin Ely (17 points), Dallas Mavericks assignment player Ricky Ledo (16 points) and Terrel Harris (12 points). Mickey McConnell also dished out seven assists for Texas.
Overall, the D-Fenders proved to be successful at getting out in the open floor, out-scoring Texas 39-19 in fast break points. In addition, the only deficit the D-Fenders faced was 2-0 in the first minute of play. Los Angeles led for the following 47 minutes, and set a new season-high for field goals made in a game (58).
Los Angeles will now travel to play the Idaho Stampede (Portland Trail Blazers affiliate) on January 31st at 6:00pm, at the Century Link Arena, in Boise, Idaho.