A half-hour after the Lakers completed one of the most bizarre wins in franchise history, their NBA D-League affiliate tipped off a wild game of their own. The L.A. D-Fenders scored 155 points, a franchise record (breaking the previous mark of 150 set nine days before). They tallied 45 assists, a league record. And they made 26 three-pointers, also a league record, on the same day the Lake Show hit 18 treys to break their franchise record. (See the D-Fenders overall and three-point shot charts below.)
"We're trying to follow the lead of the big team, man," D-Fenders forward Shawne Williams, picked up on Jan. 27 after being waived by the Lakers 20 days earlier, said with a smile after the 155-140 win over the Bakersfield Jam.
It'd be easy for the record-setting scoring outburst to get lost in the shuffle during a nine-day stretch in which record-setting scoring outbursts have become the norm. So here are some numbers to wrap your head around:
L.A.'s 155 points is actually only the second
highest single-game total in NBA D-League history. That record belongs to the Idaho Stampede, who won the highest-scoring game in league history, 165-153, on March 31, 2010 -- but that game went into overtime. The D-Fenders did tie the regulation scoring record, which the Colorado 14ers set on April 8, 2009.
(Interesting six-degrees-of-separation side note: Guard Will Conroy was on the losing side of both of these other record-setting games, and in the Colorado 14ers' outburst, he put up 53 points for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds ... establishing the single-game individual scoring record that Pierre Jackson broke on Tuesday.)
The Warriors and Nuggets combined to score the most total points in a regulation NBA game in a 162-158 shootout at the start of the 1990 season. Last night's L.A.-Bakersfield game fell 25 points short of that milestone, but the two teams did combine for the second-highest point total in an NBA D-League game, behind that 318-point Idaho-RGV clash.
The D-Fenders used 113 possessions in the game, slightly ahead of their league-leading pace of 109 possessions per 48 minutes. They got up 102 shots, including 50 threes, during that time. But that doesn't make their 137.7 offensive rating any less ridiculous; for context, the Vipers lead the NBA D-League at 113.4 and the Heat lead the NBA at 109.5. L.A.'s 59 field goals fell one shy of tying the record Colorado set in their 155-point game.
different players scored at least 20 points in the game: Jared Cunningham (31), Ike Diogu, Archie Goodwin, Damion James and James Nunnally (all 20) for the Jam, and Terrence Williams (27), C.J. Williams (26), Shawne Williams (23) and Brandon Costner (20) for the D-Fenders. Three other players put up 15-19 points.
The D-Fenders assisted on 76.3% of their buckets (45 of 59) on the night, led by Josh Magette's career-high 14, backup point guard Josiah Turner's 10 and Terrence Williams' 8. L.A. leads the league in assist percentage on the season at 59%.
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