D-Fenders at Bighorns Postgame Report 01/24/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
Terrence Williams exploded for 39 points and the D-Fenders defeated the Bighorns 118-111 on the road. James Southerland recorded a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds), while Josh Magette added 17 points.
Leading 101-100 with 7:39 remaining, the D-Fenders reeled off an 11-4 run over the next three-plus minutes to push their lead to 112-104. The Bighorns cut the deficit to three points on two separate occasions late in the game, but L.A. countered with scores of their own and held on down the stretch.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Terrence Williams. The Louisville product scored a season-high 39 points, to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Although he shot just 11 of 28 from the floor (4 of 12 from the three-point line), Williams got to the line 20 times (15 trips in the second half), as he was aggressive throughout the game. In four games since Manny Harris’ Call-Up from the Lakers, Williams is averaging 26.8 points, 6.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
No. 14 prospect, James Southerland, recorded his third double-double of the season – second in the last five games – with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He was scoreless at halftime (only two shot attempts) as Williams, Josh Magette, Brandon Costner and Gideon Gamble reached double figures to pace the D-Fenders to a six-point halftime lead. Southerland, however, hit two key shots in the fourth quarter – a midrange jumper and three-pointer – with Reno trying to crawl back into the game.
STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders made 13 of 38 three-pointers (37.9 percent) on the night. They converted just 2 of 9 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter, but the two triples came at key points in the game: a Southerland three-pointer pushed the lead back to six after Reno had come within three and the other from Magette capped an 11-4 run to stretch the lead to eight with 4:21 left.
PLAYS OF THE NIGHT
1. VIDEO: Terrence Williams gathers a pass from C.J. Williams on the wing, goes baseline and throws down a one-handed hammer dunk.
2. VIDEO: From the weak side, C.J. Williams denies DeQuan Jones in the paint.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders bounced back from Monday’s loss vs. Reno and defeated the Bighorns for the third straight time on the road 118-111. Both L.A. (12-10) and Reno (13-11) are 1.5 games back of first place Santa Cruz (14-9) in the West Division. The D-Fenders return home to face the Sioux Falls Skyforce (15-8) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. PT. L.A. is 2-1 vs. the Skyforce this season, splitting a pair of games in late December at Sioux Falls (114-106 loss, 128-121 win), and taking the most recent matchup 116-109 during the NBA D-League Showcase. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT and the game will be streamed live on the NBA D-League's YouTube channel.