NBA D-League Game 3 Preview: RGV Vipers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
This rematch of the 2013 NBA D-League Finals between two of the most high-powered offenses in the NBA D-League has already seen 488 points scored and 155 three-pointers launched in its first two games. The home team has delivered a 130+-point blow in both. What's in store for Monday night on CBS Sports Network (8 p.m. ET), with a return trip to the 'ship on the line? Here's NBADLeague.com's breakdown of the winner-take-all Game 3?
Santa Cruz Warriors
Game 1: Warriors 135, Vipers 104 -- Santa Cruz set the tone from the get-go, racing out to a 19-6 lead in the first 4:31 and a 41-23 lead after the first quarter. Warriors rookie center Ognjen Kuzmic dominated inside with 9 points and 6 rebounds in that first quarter and 23 & 18 for the game, frontcourt mate Lance Goulbourne filled up the box score (14 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists) and the Vipers shot just 11/38 from deep.
Game 2: Vipers 136, Warriors 113 -- The backcourt duo of Isaiah Canaan (43 points, 8/17 from three, 7 assists, 0 turnovers) and Darius Morris (22 points, 10 assists, 2 turnovers) got RGV's offense humming again, and the Vipers stepped up on the other end of the floor, limiting Santa Cruz to 12 offensive rebounds and forcing 23 turnovers.