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.

KEY MOMENT
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.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
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.

UNSUNG HERO
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.

STAT OF THE GAME
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.

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

WHERE THEY STAND
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.