D-Fenders at Bighorns Postgame Report 01/17/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

No. 17 prospect Terrence Williams scored a season-high 28 points and James Southerland added 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the D-Fenders to a 131-118 win over the Bighorns. Josiah Turner had 18 points off the bench and Brandon Costner finished with 17.

The D-Fenders used a 12-2 run in the final 3:04 of the third quarter to turn an 86-85 deficit into a 97-88 lead heading to the fourth. L.A. then used that momentum at the end of the third, and outscored Reno 22-14 in the first six minutes of the final quarter to push their lead to as much as 17 points.

Terrence Williams and James Southerland. With Manny Harris on a 10-day contract with the Lakers, both Williams and Southerland stepped up. Williams scored a season-high 28 points and tied a season-high with eight assists, while Southerland continued his recent string of strong play with 25 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Both moved up the rankings to No. 17 and No. 19, respectively, on the latest NBA D-League Watch Board.

Josiah Turner. The Arizona product notched a season-high 18 points in just 18 minutes off the bench. He finished with a plus-11 on the evening – second on the team – and registered half his points during a key stretch in which L.A. outscored Reno 34-16 spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth. It was the fourth time in the last five games Turner has reached double figures.

Prior to the contest, the D-Fenders ranked second in the league in three-point makes per game (11.7) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (35.5). Against Reno, L.A. converted on a season-high 19 three’s out of 30 attempts, a 47.5 percent clip. Each D-Fenders starter drained at least one and four players drained at least three from beyond the arc.

1. VIDEO: Travis Hyman rejects DeQuan Jones in the post and Turner follows it up with a block of his own on a three-point attempt from Brandon Heath.
2. VIDEO: Hyman provides some help defense and denies K.C. Rivers of an easy layup.

The D-Fenders received strong all-around efforts from their starting five and bench to defeat Reno 131-118. It was L.A.’s ninth win in the last 11 games that has them within a half-game of first place in the West Division, behind Idaho (12-8) and Santa Cruz (12-8). The D-Fenders face Tulsa for the first time this year at the Toyota Sports Center on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.