Lakers Fall to Warriors

D-Fenders against the Warriors

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TURNING POINT

The D-Fenders cut a 12-point halftime deficit to just five points heading into the final quarter, and the lead remained in single digits for much of the fourth quarter. But a key point occurred with about six-and-a-half minutes remaining. Taylor Griffin was fouled and converted the first of two free throws to extend the lead to eight points at 85-77. He missed the second, grabbed his own rebound and kicked it back out to Cameron Jones, who nailed a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 88-77. The D-Fenders would never get closer than five the rest of the way.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Taylor Griffin, the older brother of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, notched his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 15 rebounds, six coming on the offensive end. The Oklahoma product also dished out six assists, a season-high. He plays just like his brother on the block, Darius Johnson-Odom said. Hes very physical and athletic. He got some crucial rebounds and did the little things for his team to win.

UNSUNG HEROES

Johnson-Odom and Orien Greene both paced the D-Fenders with 27 and 25 points, respectively. The two combined for 52 of LAs 93 points, shooting 19 for 36 from the floor. Johnson-Odom bounced back to shoot 11 for 21 after a 5 for 13 effort on Saturday, while Greene, similarly, converted on an 8 for 15 clip after a 5 for 15 performance.

KEY STAT OF THE GAME

The Warriors grabbed 15 more rebounds than the D-Fenders, a 53-38 advantage on the glass. Nineteen came on the offensive end, which Santa Cruz turned into 20 second-chance points. Postgame, D-Fenders coach Reggie Theus noted the difference in rebounding as a key part of the Warriors win.

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

Travis Leslie, who was on the Los Angeles Clippers roster a year ago, finished with 23 points and eight boards. Late in the fourth quarter, he took a pass on the wing, blew by Orien Greene with two dribbles and cocked the ball back in one hand to thrown down a thunderous dunk.

WHERE THEY STAND

After opening the season with two straight wins, the D-Fenders have dropped four straight, and now sit in fourth in the West Division. They play the Reno Bighorns in another home-and-home set on Thursday and Saturday at Toyota Sports Center. We gotta buckle down on Monday and get after it again, Theus said. We got a game on Thursday and we have a lot of work to do. Thats the bottom line.