Lakers Fall to Warriors

D-Fenders against the Warriors

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.