D-Fenders vs. Jam Postgame Report

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

No. 4 prospect Manny Harris (27 points, 12 rebounds) continued to shine and the D-Fenders cruised in the fourth quarter to get a 107-94 victory over the visiting Jam on Saturday night. Jamario Moon added 20 points and five steals.

KEY MOMENT
Tied at 88 with 7:25 left, the D-Fenders went on a 16-2 run and scored 19 of the game’s final 25 points to win their fourth straight game, 107-94. Even up against four NBA assignment players – Dwight Buycks (Toronto), Ian Clark (Utah), Jared Cunningham (Atlanta) and Rudy Gobert (Utah) – the D-Fenders held Bakersfield to just 6 of 20 field goals and forced 12 turnovers in the final quarter.

PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
Manny Harris struggled early in the game with four first-half points on 1 of 7 field goals, but came on in the second half to record 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists. In total, he finished with a game-high 27 points and team-high 12 boards, his second straight double-double after posting 31 points and 10 rebounds in the D-Fenders’ 99-95 win over Reno on Thursday.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jamario Moon. The 6-foot-8 forward posted another well-rounded line of 20 points, four rebounds, five steals and three blocks. He continued his excellent play of late that propelled him into the NBA D’League’s Prospect Watch Board at No. 28. In the last six games, Moon is averaging 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals while shooting 50.7 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from the three-point line.
*Watch and listen to Moon in his postgame interview.

UNSUNG HERO
Josh Magette. The 6-foot-1 point guard recorded another all-around game with 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. He scored in double figures for the third straight game and dished out nine assists for the fourth time in the last five games. “He leads the league in assist to turnover ratio and I think he’s one of the most underrated players in our league,” coach Bob MacKinnon said. “He’s becoming more vocal and he’s becoming a better defender as well. He’s starting to understand what his capabilities are as a defender, and he’s playing to them.”
*Watch and listen to Magette in his postgame interview.

STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders forced Bakersfield into an opponent season-high 32 turnovers that led to 35 points, with 20 miscues coming in the second and fourth quarters. The D-Fenders picked up the pace in the second with a full-court press to trim a 15-point first-quarter deficit to just 54-51 at halftime. Their defensive effort in the final 12 minutes proved to be the difference maker down the stretch that keyed a 19-6 run to close the game.

PLAYS OF THE NIGHT
1. VIDEO: Moon protects the rim and denies Atlanta Hawks assignment player Jared Cunningham of an easy layup.
2. VIDEO: Defense leads to offense as Magette finds Travis Hyman on the fastbreak for an easy slam dunk.

WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders won their fourth straight game by a score of 107-94 to reach the .500 mark at 7-7 before heading to Reno for the NBA D-League Showcase. For the third straight game, L.A. held its opponent under 100 points. Despite giving up 32 in the first quarter alone, the D-Fenders conceded just 40 in the second half in holding Bakersfield to 37.5 percent shooting. Their next games will be against Sioux Falls Skyforce (split the two previous meetings) on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and against Tulsa 66ers (first matchup of the year) on Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Reno Events Center.