D-Fenders Defeat Jam - Game Recap
Up 88-85 with 7:17 left in the game, the D-Fenders went on a 9-1 run over the next three-plus minutes to lead 97-86 with 4:25 left. The final quarter proved to be pivotal for L.A., as they limited Bakersfield to 30 percent shooting (6 for 20, 2 for 9 on 3-pointers) in the last 12 minutes, while also forcing six turnovers.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Zach Andrews. In just his second start at center this year, Andrews recorded a season-high 22 points, to along with 13 rebounds and four steals. Six of his 13 boards came on the offensive end, and by halftime, the Bradley product had already recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds).
Morris Almond and Lazar Hayward. Both made their D-Fenders debuts, each coming off the bench for 20+ minutes. Morris, acquired before the game, finished with 10 points and six rebounds – eight points and three boards coming in the fourth quarter. Hayward, who rejoined the team, notched five points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
KEY STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders forced 22 turnovers on the night – 11 in each half – which led to 28 points. It was the second consecutive game L.A. had forced their opponent into that many miscues, both contests ending in wins.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT
After an entry pass into the post to Zach Andrews, the 6-foot-9 forward muscled his way down low against Bakersfield center Brian Butch and threw down this thunderous slam dunk.
WHERE THEY STAND
Los Angeles defeated Bakersfield 107-99, their first win over the Jam this season in five meetings, and second straight victory overall. The D-Fenders improve to 9-15 (fourth place in West Division) on the year, while the Jam fall to 17-9 (first place in West Division). L.A. travels to Idaho (Portland Trailblazers D-League affiliate) for a back-to-back set against the Stampede on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2. Idaho boasts former Los Angeles Laker Coby Karl (12.5 points, 5.8 assists) and Justin Holiday (13.4 points, 5.0 rebounds) – brother of Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday.
Game Recap by Trevor Wong