D-Fenders at Skyforce Postgame Report 12/28/13

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

C.J. Williams scored a game high 34 points to lead the D-Fenders to a 128-121 win over Sioux Falls on Saturday. Manny Harris scored 24 points and handed out seven assists, while Jamario Moon added 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Skyforce nearly erased a 17-point deficit at the beginning of the final quarter, and crawled to within two points at 111-109, but Jamario Moon drained a three-pointer, then blocked a shot on the ensuing possession, and Travis Hyman blocked another shot that led to an easy layup and pushed the lead back to 116-109 with 3:20 remaining. L.A. would hold on down the stretch to snap Sioux Falls’ seven-game winning streak.

C.J. Williams. The North Carolina State product started hot from the floor and never cooled, as he made 14 of 18 field goals overall and 5 of 6 three-pointers towards a game high 34 points. In the last three games, Williams is averaging 25.7 points on 66 percent field goals (31 of 47) and 62.5 percent (10 of 16) on three-pointers.

Jamario Moon. The 6-foot-8 forward recorded 24 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, and came through with a number of big plays down the stretch, including a timely three-pointer, followed by a blocked shot on defense. In the fourth quarter, Moon scored 10 points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor, and 2 of 2 on three-pointers.

The D-Fenders shot 60 percent (a season high) from beyond the arc, as they made 15 of 25 three-pointers. The last triple from Moon was a timely one, as it pushed L.A.’s lead up to five points at 114-109 with less than four minutes to play. In back-to-back games against the Skyforce over the weekend, the D-Fenders made 26 of 58 from distance, a 44.9 percent clip.

VIDEO: Hyman denies Bill Walker at the rim with the D-Fenders nursing a slim lead late in the fourth.

The D-Fenders bounced back from a 114-106 loss at Sioux Falls on Friday with a 128-121 win. All five starters, along with Andre Ingram off the bench, scored in double figures to pace L.A. on offense, as they tied a season high of 128 points against the NBA D-League’s best defensive squad (93.3 points per game). The D-Fenders continue their four-game road trip at Idaho on Monday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. In the previous meeting between the teams, L.A. won 121-91.