D-Fenders vs. Warriors Postgame Report

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

The D-Fenders got 41 big points from new addition Manny Harris and needed every one of them in a 124-118 home victory over the Warriors on Saturday night. Kareem Rush scored 16 and Jamario Moon added 15 with eight assists.

KEY MOMENT
The D-Fenders led by as much as 28 points early in the second quarter, but Santa Cruz erased that deficit and took the lead late in the fourth at 98-97 with 7:39 to play. For much of the next six-plus minutes, both teams traded baskets until Brandon Costner hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 51.2 seconds remaining. The D-Fenders scored eight of the game’s final 10 points to nab their second win of the season. “We jumped on them too (much) to let one slip away,” Jamario Moon said postgame. “By having that lead we had in the first quarter, we didn’t want to give that game away. We fought too hard and we had been too working hard in practice, so we really wanted to get this one.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Manny Harris. Acquired from Canton on Dec. 7, Harris recorded 41 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals in his D-Fenders debut. He shot 14 of 24 from the floor and 5 of 9 on three-pointers in 40 minutes. “That was a better debut than Gladys Knight and the Pips,” coach Bob MacKinnon said postgame. “Something that gets overlooked when a guys scores as he did was his defense. I thought his defensive presence was terrific tonight.”

UNSUNG HERO
Jamario Moon. He scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter on three consecutive triples to counter Santa Cruz’s late run and keep the D-Fenders close. Moon also had eight rebounds, eight assists, six blocks and four steals. The biggest defensive play of the night came from Moon when he denied William Buford for an easy bucket that led to Costner's go-ahead three-pointer.

STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders hit 17 three-pointers – a season-high – converting at a 37.0 percent clip from distance. Timely triples from Andre Ingram in the third and from Moon and Costner in the fourth were enough for the D-Fenders to stave off the Warriors’ rally. On the other end, L.A. limited Santa Cruz to just 6 for 21 shooting from beyond the arc (28.6 percent), a team that ranks first in the D-League in three-point field goal percentage (40.9).