D-Fenders - Bighorns Recap
PLAYERS OF THE SERIES
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Lazar Hayward: During the weekend series, Hayward averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor. He recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals in Friday’s win, including four points, three boards and three steals in the decisive fourth quarter to lead the D-Fenders to a win.
Samardo Samuels:The Louisville product recorded double-doubles in both games during the weekend series, including a team-high 27 points and 12 rebounds in Reno’s win on Sunday. Seventeen points and six boards came in the fourth quarter when the Bighorns outscored L.A. 22-10.
KEY STATS OF THE SERIES
The fourth quarter proved to be the pivotal turning point in both contests. The D-Fenders outscored the Bighorns 27-15 in Friday’s matchup to overcome a seven-point deficit heading into the final frame. They limited Reno to 5 for 17 shooting from the floor (29.4 percent) and forced six turnovers, too.
In Sunday’s tilt, Reno erased a five-point deficit entering the final quarter by outscoring L.A. 22-10. The D-Fenders shot just 4 for 22 from the floor (18.2 percent) and also committed nine turnovers in the last 12 minutes of the game.
The Bighorns also outrebounded the D-Fenders 53-39 in Sunday’s game; 19 of those boards came on the offensive end, which led to 31 second-chance points (Reno held a plus-25 in that category). Three players finished with double-digit rebounds – Samardo Samuels (12), Will Blalock (10) and Jerome Jordan (11) – and the same three grabbed at least four offensive boards.
PLAYS OF THE WEEKEND
Late in the first quarter of Friday’s win, Elijah Millsap found a cutting Gary Flowers down the lane, who slammed it over Reno’s Marcus Landry.
Early in the second quarter of Sunday’s contest, Ronald Dupree grabbed a rebound, started the fastbreak and found a streaking Orien Greene along the right sideline for this alley-oop dunk.
Later in the game, Reno’s Tajuan Porter launched a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim a couple times before Jerome Jordan threw down this putback dunk.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders won Friday’s game 95-90 thanks to a strong fourth quarter – their ninth victory in a row over the Bighorns – but dropped Sunday’s contest 93-86 to put their record at 11-17. They sit at third place in the West Division, but are four-and-a-half games out of the eighth playoff spot. L.A. returns home to face Reno – again – on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. The D-Fenders lead the season series, 3-1, after the weekend split.
Recap by Trevor Wong