D-Fenders - Jam Recap

Game Recap by Trevor Wong | @trevor_wong

TURNING POINT

Bakersfield led by as much as 26 points and held a 19-point advantage entering the fourth, but the D-Fenders whittled the deficit to just five at 101-96 with 1:50 remaining. The Jam, though, scored the next five points, and closed the game on a 10-2 run, to avenge Saturday’s loss in El Segundo.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jerel McNeal. After recording just five points, five turnovers and fouling out in Saturday’s game, McNeal bounced back with 27 points, eight assists and five steals. He also scored the last eight points of the contest for Bakersfield – 15 in the fourth quarter – while almost single-handedly helping stave off a furious comeback from the D-Fenders in the final minutes.

UNSUNG HERO

Damion James. The former 2010 first-round draft pick put up 17 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with five dimes, two steals and two blocks. This all-around performance came on the heels of an eight-point, four-rebound outing in Saturday’s loss.

KEY STAT OF THE GAME

The Jam held a 42-33 advantage on the glass over the D-Fenders, a plus-9 in that category and also grabbed 9 offensive boards that led to 15 second-chance points.

PLAY OF THE GAME

After forcing one of 18 turnovers on the night, Bakersfield heads the other way with Jerel McNeal finding Mike Scott streaking down the floor for this alley-oop.

WHERE THEY STAND

The D-Fenders split the home-road, back-to-back set with Bakersfield, winning 114-99 on Saturday and losing 111-98 on Sunday. Their record now stands at 15-20, third place in the West Division, but still four games out of the No. 8 playoff spot. L.A. is back home on Wednesday, March 6, to face the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. PT. The Legends are led by No. 27 overall prospect Justin Dentmon (21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists), former Laker Christian Eyenga (16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 blocks) and Sean Singletary (13.2 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds).