D-Fenders Top 10 Moments from 2012-13
December 15, 2012 vs. Reno Bighorns: Overtime Thriller (x3)
Facing a 22-point deficit in the third quarter, the D-Fenders crawled all the way back to win a 134-124 thriller in triple overtime. In a game that featured 12 ties and 13 lead changes altogether, L.A. sent the contest into extra minutes when Gary Flowers threw down a dunk off an inbounds pass; Jamario Moon drilled a pull-up 3-pointer to tie it at 110 to push the game into the second overtime; Elijah Millsap’s two late free throws were countered by Tyler Honeycutt’s lay-in to send the contest into another extra frame. Finally, the D-Fenders pulled away, outscoring the Bighorns 15-5 in the third session to win the first triple overtime game played in team history.
January 19, 2013 vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants: The Comeback Kids
The D-Fenders overcame a 16-point first half deficit, outscoring the Mad Ants 63-44 after halftime to win 113-106. L.A. held Fort Wayne to 42 percent field goals (after shooting 56 percent in the first half) and forced 14 turnovers in the second half to snap a four-game skid. Elijah Millsap (32 points) and Gary Flowers (30 points) both recorded season-highs (at the time) to pace L.A. Courtney Fortson finished with 14 assists – one shy of the all-time franchise record.
February 1, 2013 @ Idaho Stampede: Stover Protects the House
Despite dropping a 114-88 road game, Anthony Stover recorded six blocks – a season-high and third most all-time in D-Fenders franchise history (behind Stephane Lasme (8) in ’07 and Brandon Wallace (7) in ‘08). Stover finished the year second on the team in total blocked shots with 33.
February 8, 2013 vs. Reno Bighorns: Total Domination
The D-Fenders closed the game on an 11-3 run to win their ninth straight game over Reno – the longest such streak over a D-League opponent in team history. L.A. fell behind by double digits early in the first quarter, but used a strong defensive effort in the fourth – Reno scored 15 points and shot 29 percent – to come away with the victory.
February 20, 2013 @ Santa Cruz: Hayward Controls the Glass
Less than a month after rejoining the D-Fenders, Lazar Hayward pulled down 17 rebounds (nine offensive) – tying Earl Barron for fourth most all-time in a single game in team history.
March 6, 2013 vs. Texas Legends: Fortson Locks Down on Defense
Courtney Fortson recorded seven steals, tying a franchise record, to go along with 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds to lead the D-Fenders to a 99-86 win. Newly acquired Malcolm Thomas grabbed 17 rebounds in his D-Fenders debut, as L.A. held Texas to a season-low in points for an opponent and 39.7 percent field goals.
March 9, 11, 2013 vs. Austin Toros: Revenge is Sweet
In a rematch of the 2011-12 NBA D-League Finals, the D-Fenders swept a home-and-home set with the Toros. Lakers assignment players Darius Morris scored a game-high 21 points, while Robert Sacre grabbed 10 boards and swatted three shots, helping the D-Fenders to a 95-91 win. Two days later, L.A. knocked off Austin 104-101 behind Lazar Hayward’s 31 points – a season-high – and 10 rebounds. Hayward scored 16 in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers to lift the D-Fenders to their third straight win.
March 13, 2013 vs. Tulsa 66ers: Stacked Odds
Led by Jerome Jordan’s 25 points and seven rebounds, the D-Fenders staved off a late rally from Tulsa, winning 110-108. More impressively, L.A. defeated a squad that boasted three players on assignment from Oklahoma City – Jeremy Lamb, DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton, plus former NBA player Rasual Butler and future NBA call-up Chris Quinn. Elijah Millsap scored 24 points and Gary Flowers 23 to pick up the slack for Courtney Fortson, who fouled out and recorded just two points.
January 30 – March 13, 2013: Home Cookin’
The victory against Tulsa gave the D-Fenders their eighth straight win at Toyota Sports Center, the second-longest home winning streak in club history. The eight wins spanned more than a month-and-a-half, with L.A. defeating Bakersfield (twice), Reno, Idaho, Texas, Austin (twice) and Tulsa. The streak trails the 2011-12 D-Fenders squad that reeled off 13 straight home wins.
March 20, 2013 vs. Idaho Stampede: Fortson Dishing Dimes
Despite having their eight-game home win streak snapped, Courtney Fortson handed out 15 assists in the loss to Idaho, tying a franchise record. On two occasions earlier in the season, Fortson recorded 14 dimes (vs. Fort Wayne and vs. Texas). Last season on Feb. 22, 2012, the Arkansas product tallied 15 dimes, again in a win vs. Idaho. Former D-Fender and current Utah Jazz player Jamaal Tinsley also recorded 15 during the 2011-12 season.