D-Fenders vs. Warriors Postgame Report 04/12/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
Brandon Costner poured in 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but the D-Fenders season ended with a 138-126 los to the Warriors on Saturday. Terrence Williams added 17 points and chipped in with 16 points, but Santa Cruz swept the playoff series 2-0.
Santa Cruz erased an early nine-point deficit with a 40-point second quarter that allowed them to take a 64-58 lead into halftime. The Warriors poured in another 44 points in the third to push their lead to 16 entering the final frame. L.A. would cut it to 11 on an Andre Ingram three-pointer with 5:23 left, but that was as close as it would get down the stretch.
D-FENDERS STANDOUT PERFORMER
Brandon Costner. He scored a franchise postseason high 39 points and added 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Costner shot 15 of 29 from the floor and drilled three triples in 31 minutes.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ognjen Kuzmic. On assignment from Golden State, Kuzmic scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds (six offensive) in just 28 minutes of action. He shot 10 for 13 from the floor and converted all three of his free throws. In the second half, Kuzmic was particularly effective as he posted 15 points and 15 boards in helping Santa Cruz break the game open.
STAT OF THE GAME
In the second and third quarters, Santa Cruz scored a combined 84 points on 31 of 47 shooting from the floor (66.0 percent). As such, it was a 31-point swing in the game heading to the fourth as the Warriors erased what was once a 15-point deficit early in the opening frame.