D-FENDERS CAST AWAY WIZARDS

EL SEGUNDO, CA – Despite sitting two point guards due to injury, the Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Dakota Wizards 99-98 for their 12th win in 13 games in front of a sold out crowd at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday night.

In a game that featured 13 lead changes and 15 ties, the D-Fenders (29-11) managed to take a 99-96 lead with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Leading by one point with only 8.6 seconds remaining, the D-Fenders were able to hold on for the win after a pair of missed shots from the Wizards (20-18) on the final possession.

In his first game with the D-Fenders, Darius Morris scored a team-high 21 points, handed out four assists, and helped fill the point guard role after both Mardy Collins and Courtney Fortson sat out because of injury.

Additionally, Jamario Moon (18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals), Elijah Millsap (18 points, 6 assists) and Orien Greene (9 points, 5 assists, 2 steals) all spent meaningful time at point for the D-Fenders, who shot 52 percent from the field.

Meanwhile, Dakota’s Edwin Ubiles recorded a game-high 22 points and five assists, Marcus Dove scored 19 points (6-8 FG), and Justin Johnson added 13 points in the loss. In addition, Leo Lyons pitched in 12 points to go with 12 rebounds, and Maurice Baker dropped in 12 points to for the Wizards.

The D-Fenders next return to action Monday, March 12th at home against the Idaho Stampede. A limited number of tickets are available, and the game can be seen online through NBA Futurecast.

For the first time ever, the D-Fenders are offering season ticket packages for the 2011-12 season that include special Lakers ticket purchase opportunities as well as various other incentives. Walk-up day of game general admission and courtside tickets are also still available for most home games. Ticket information is available on the team’s website (www.d-fenders.com) or by contacting Nima Behboodi at (310) 426-6043 / nbehboodi@d-fenders.com.