D-Fenders vs. Jam - March 23-24, 2013
Series Recap by Trevor Wong | @trevor_wong
Game 1 (Saturday): Bakersfield opened the fourth quarter on an 18-0 run, pushing their lead to 97-67 with 7:30 left in the fourth. The D-Fenders had trailed most of the contest outside the beginning of the game, but missed four shots and committed five turnovers in the first four-plus minutes of the fourth that allowed the Jam to put the game away.
Game 2 (Sunday): The Jam shaved off 19 points off what was once a 32-point advantage in the second quarter and entered the final frame trailing just 88-75. Bakersfield started the fourth on a 18-5 run to tie the score at 93, and then outscored L.A. 16-7 the rest of the way to capture the win. In all, the D-Fenders were outscored by 29 in the second half, a 61-32 advantage in favor of the Jam.
KEY STATS OF THE SERIES
Game 1 (Saturday): The D-Fenders committed 29 turnovers that led to 42 Bakersfield points. Ten miscues translating to 14 points came in the final frame, as the Jam essentially put the game out of reach with an 18-0 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Game 2 (Sunday): Much like Saturday’s contest, L.A. turned the ball over 22 times that led to 28 Bakersfield points. The D-Fenders coughed up the ball 15 times in the second half alone, when the Jam outscored them by 29. The numerous miscues also allowed Bakersfield to get out in transition, as they finished with 30 fastbreak points – 21 of them coming in the third and fourth quarters combined.
WHERE THEY STAND
Los Angeles (19-26) dropped both games to Bakersfield (32-13) over the weekend – a 112-83 defeat at home and a 109-100 loss on the road. After pulling within one game of .500 at 19-20 nearly two weeks ago, the D-Fenders have now dropped six straight contests – their longest losing streak of the year. L.A. is off till Friday, where they will travel to Santa Cruz (30-13) to face the Warriors. They are led by No. 1 overall D-League prospect Travis Leslie (15.8 points, 7.3 rebounds).
Despite making a run (the D-Fenders had won six of their last seven since Feb. 25) and pulling to within two games of the No. 8 spot, L.A. is now four games back with just five games left to play. The D-Fenders play a home-and-home set with Santa Cruz on Friday (road game) and Saturday (home game). They come home to face the Canton Charge on Wednesday, April 3, then conclude the season with back-to-back contests at Idaho on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. L.A. would be eliminated from playoff contention completely with one more loss. Fort Wayne (23-22), Erie (23-22), Maine (24-23) and Springfield (17-27), along with Los Angeles, are fighting for the final playoff spot.