D-Fenders vs. Red Claws Postgame Report 01/13/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
Manny Harris exploded for 42 points as the D-Fenders defeated the Red Claws 120-107 at home on Monday night. James Southerland added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The D-Fenders turned a 70-56 halftime deficit into a 90-83 lead heading to the fourth quarter in large part due to their defense. They held Maine to 6 of 18 field goals (33.3 percent field goals) and forced eight turnovers in the third quarter alone. L.A. took its first lead at 77-76 seven minutes into the third and would not relinquish it en route to their 10th win of the season.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Manny Harris. For the second straight week, Harris was named the NBA D-League Performer of the Week, and for the second time in three games, Harris topped the 40-point mark. He finished with 42 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while shooting 13 of 23 from the floor and a perfect 14 of 14 from the charity stripe. In the last three games, the No. 5 NBA D-League prospect is averaging 43.0 points on 60.0 percent field goals.
Watch and listen to Harris' postgame interview.
Travis Hyman. The 7-footer notched 14 points, seven blocks, six rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes off the bench. He finished with a game-high, plus-20 on the evening and anchored the defense with his activity and presence throughout much of the game.
Watch and listen to Hyman's postgame interview.
No. 25 prospect, James Southerland, recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. In his last three games – all starts – Southerland is averaging 19.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 three-pointers on 48.9 percent field goals and 44.0 percent from distance.
STAT OF THE GAME
After allowing 70 points on 54.0 percent field goals in the first half, the D-Fenders held the Red Claws to an opponent season-low 37 points on 30.8 percent shooting from the floor (12 of 39 overall and 2 of 11 from beyond the arc) in the second half. Maine’s top two scorers – Chris Wright and Frank Gaines – were held to just 7 of 25 field goals after halftime, and L.A. also forced the Red Claws into 12 of their 20 turnovers in the third and fourth quarters.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders bounced back from a 123-113 loss at Idaho and used a strong second half to defeat Maine 120-107. It was L.A.’s eighth win in the last 10 games that has them within one game of first place in the West Division, behind Idaho (12-8) and Santa Cruz (12-8). Next up for the D-Fenders is a road contest at Reno on Friday. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.