D-FENDERS SPREAD THE JAM THIN IN RECORD BREAKING FASHION
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles D-Fenders set a new franchise record for points scored in a single game en route to defeating the Bakersfield Jam 155-140 on Wednesday night at Toyota Sports Center.
In the first quarter, the D-Fenders (16-11) and the Jam (10-18) exchanged possession of the lead 12 times, with each team scoring 38 points. Moreover, Los Angeles knocked down eight of their 12 three-point attempts in the opening frame. The impressive offensive display from both teams continued in the second period and the lead would change hands another 15 times. Los Angeles managed to earn a two-point half-time lead, due in large part to making 73.7 percent of their field goals in the second quarter. In total, the D-Fenders shot 63.0 percent from the field and hit 13 of their 22 (59.1%) three-point field goals in the half.
The three-point shooting show continued in the third quarter with the D-Fenders tallying another eight makes from beyond the arc. The efficient long range shooting allowed Los Angeles to extend their lead to nine points entering the final 12 minutes of play. C.J. Williams’ 13-point quarter and the D-Fenders increased defensive pressure in the fourth eventually sealed the 16th victory of the season for the D-Fenders.
Josh Magette played the role of floor general to the tune of 16 points and a career-high 14 assists to lead the D-Fenders. Also finishing in double-digits for Los Angeles were, Terrence Williams (27 points, eight assists), C.J. Williams (26 points), Shawne Williams (23 points), Brandon Costner (20 points), Andre Ingram (17 points, eight rebounds) and Travis Hyman (12 points, five blocks). Josiah Turner also pitched in nine points and 10 assists off of the bench for the D-Fenders.
The Jam were led by Atlanta Hawks assignment player Jared Cunningham (31 points, nine assists) and Phoenix Suns assignment player Archie Goodwin (20 points). In addition, Ike Diogu (20 points, 12 rebounds), Damion James (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Mac Koshwal (17 points, 10 rebounds) all finished with double-doubles for Bakersfield. James Nunnally also contributed 20 points and nine assists for the Jam.
Overall, the D-Fenders set new franchise records for points scored in a single game (155) and field goals made in a single game (59). Additionally, Los Angeles set new NBA D-League records in made three-point field goals in a single game (26) and total assists in a single game (45). Furthermore, the D-Fenders shot over 50 percent in every quarter, which led to a season-high 57.8 percent from the field on the night.
Los Angeles heads back on the road to take on the Santa Cruz Warriors on Saturday, February 8th, at 7:30pm, at Kaiser Permanente Arena, in Santa Cruz, California.