D-Fenders - 66ers Recap Saturday, January 28
Trailing 67-62 halfway through the third quarter, the D-Fenders closed on a 20-4 run to take an 82-71 lead into the final frame. During those last six minutes, Tulsa shot just 2 for 9 and committed seven turnovers. L.A. would extend their lead to as many as 16 points in the fourth, as the 66ers would never get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Orien Greene. After a 2 for 10 performance in Friday’s loss, Greene bounced back with 16 points (4 of 6 from the floor, including two 3-pointers), while also recording six steals. In the second half when the D-Fenders made their comeback, the Florida native notched 13 points, shooting a perfect 3 for 3 from the field, including converting on all six free throws, to go along with four takeaways.
Andy Rautins. Oklahoma City’s assignment player, Jeremy Lamb, only played six minutes because of back spasms, but Rautins came in off the bench to score a season-high 27 points in the losing effort. The Syracuse product drilled seven 3-pointers – the second game this year with at least that number – and tried keeping Tulsa close with his offensive output.
KEY STAT OF THE GAME
Los Angeles held Tulsa to 29.7 percent shooting in the second half, while also forcing 12 turnovers. The third quarter proved to be critical for the D-Fenders, as they limited Tulsa to just 5 for 18 from the floor (27.8 percent), while outscoring the home team 31-18 in erasing their two-point halftime lead.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT
With the shot clock winding down, guard Courtney Fortson drove the lane, flipped up a shot and missed. But forward Zach Andrews stretched out – almost vertical to the ground – and corralled the miss, while flipping the ball back in the basket, all in one motion.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders snapped a three-game skid and avenged Friday’s loss at Tulsa, defeating the 66ers 109-100. L.A. returns home to the Toyota Sports Center to face the Bakersfield Jam on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m. Thus far, the D-Fenders have dropped all four meetings with the Jam, the most recent matchup ending in a 107-101 defeat at home on Jan. 23. Bakersfield is led by Phoenix Suns assignment player, Diante Garrett (15.4 points, 7.4 assists), No. 12 overall D-League prospect, Damion James (16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds) and No. 29 overall D-League prospect, Jerel McNeal (15.3 points, 4.8 assists).
Game Recap by Trevor Wong