D-Fenders vs. Bighorns Postgame Report 02/17/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
James Southerland (25 points) led seven D-Fenders in double figures in Monday’s 116-112 home win over the Bighorns. With the win, Los Angeles (19-12) took over sole possession of first place in the West Division over idle Santa Cruz (18-12). Manny Harris (ankle) did not play.
Trailing 110-103 with 3:04 left, the D-Fenders closed the game on a 13-2 run. During that stretch, Reno was 1 of 6 from the floor and turned the ball over three times, while L.A. got big hoops from C.J. Williams, James Southerland and Travis Hyman (off assists from Josh Magette) down the stretch.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
James Southerland. The Syracuse product recorded 25 points, five rebounds and three assists, which included a season-high seven three-pointers (out of 12 attempts). Southerland had two key buckets down the stretch – a triple and tip-in – as part of the game-ending 13-2 run.
*Southerland's postgame interview.
C.J. Williams and Josh Magette. Williams scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, his third 20-plus point performance in the last six games. Magette posted 15 points and eight assists, including two dimes to Hyman for go-ahead dunks in the final minute.
*Williams' postgame interview | *Magette's postgame interview
STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders hit 17 three-pointers out of 37 attempts, a 45.9 percent clip. Four of five starters drained at least two triples, led by Southerland’s seven makes. In the last five games, L.A. is averaging nearly 15 makes per game on 42.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT
VIDEO: Hyman slips the screen and Magette threads a bounce pass to the 7-footer for a dunk.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders (19-12) move into sole possession of first place in the West Division, ahead of idle Santa Cruz (18-12). The 116-112 win over Reno pushes the regular-season record against the Bighorns to 4-1 (Jan. 2: 99-95 W; Jan. 17: 131-118 W; Jan. 20: 123-111 L; Jan. 24: 118-111 W). L.A. does not play again until Saturday, Feb. 22, vs. Idaho. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the D-Fenders held on to win 114-112 over the Stampede at home.