D-Fenders vs. Stampede Game Recap

GAME RECAP

TURNING POINT

Orien Greene’s near halfcourt heave knotted the score up at 51 heading into halftime after L.A. trailed by as many as nine points in the second quarter. Idaho never reclaimed the lead, as the D-Fenders used a strong defensive effort in the third to take a four-point lead into the final frame.

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Gary Flowers posted 19 points and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Lazar Hayward. The Marquette product returned from a one-game absence and recorded 20 points, six rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes off the bench. Fifteen of his points came in the pivotal second half – 13 in the fourth quarter – when the D-Fenders outscored the Stampede by eight points. With the score tied at 71 apiece minutes into the final frame, Hayward notched six straight points to give L.A. the lead they would never relinquish.

UNSUNG HEROS

Gary Flowers. The 6-foot-8 forward bounced back from an 11-point, 2-rebound effort to post 19 and 13 in 33 minutes. Twelve of Los Angeles’ 22 boards in the second half were swallowed up by the Southern Miss product. For much of the fourth quarter, D-Fenders coach Reggie Theus elected to use Flowers at center, although L.A. managed to use a strong defensive effort to aid them in the final 24 minutes with a smaller lineup.

KEY STAT OF THE GAME

Los Angeles limited Idaho to 27.3 percent shooting from the floor (6 for 22, including 1 for 9 on 3-pointers) toward 16 points. This defensive performance came on the heels of Friday night’s effort in the opening 12 minutes out of halftime when the D-Fenders allowed the Stampede to record 35 points on 65.2 percent from the floor (15 for 23).

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

After trailing for much of the second quarter – and by as many as nine points – the D-Fenders closed the half on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 51 apiece, capped by Orien Greene’s 3-pointer from about 45 feet.

WHERE THEY STAND

The D-Fenders avenged a 114-88 loss on Friday to Idaho with a 100-92 victory on the tail end of their away back-to-back set. It was Los Angeles’ third victory over the Stampede in four meetings this year. Up next for the D-Fenders is another two games on the road against Reno (NBA affiliates: Memphis, Sacramento, Utah) on Friday, Feb. 8 (7:00 p.m. PT tip) and Sunday, Feb. 10 (3:00 p.m. PT). L.A. leads the season series 2-0, including a triple-overtime thriller in El Segundo, Calif. on Dec. 15. The Bighorns are led by No. 2 overall D-League prospect Jerome Jordan (14.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks), No. 23 overall prospect Marcus Landry (16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds) and No. 30 overall prospect Samardo Samuels (20.3 points, 8.9 rebounds).

Game Recap by Trevor Wong