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NBA D-League Power Rankings: February, 9, 2012

February 9, 2012: While the Austin Toros are still percentage points ahead of the L.A. D-Fenders in the D-League Standings, there are other numbers -- particularly L.A.'s four game win streak and whopping 25.5 points-per-game differential during that four-game span -- that have catapulted the D-Fenders into the top spot of the Power Rankings this week. L.A.'s Elijah Millsap and Brandon Costner also received good personal news this week, as they were named as participants in the D-League All-Star Game, Presented by 26 Seconds on Saturday, Feb. 25 (2pm ET on NBA TV).

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The D-Fenders went 3-0 on the week, highlighted by a 110-98 victory over Tulsa on Feb. 8, to push their win streak to four games. Former NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Gerald Green paced L.A. with 31 points, eight rebounds and five steals against the 66ers, while Brandon Costner and Courtney Fortson each chipped in with 20 points for the D-Fenders, who play a pair of games at Reno this weekend.
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Austin split a pair of games with Canton this week, recovering from a 106-87 loss on Feb. 3 by topping the Charge 110-101 on Feb. 4, led by forward Da'Sean Butler's 23 points. Austin will travel to Rio Grande Valley for a two-game tilt this weekend, buoyed by the news that Justin Dentmon, Lance Thomas and Head Coach Brad Jones and his staff will participate in the D-League All-Star Game, Presented By 26 Seconds.
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Iowa's presence will also be felt at All-Star as Head Coach Kevin Young and his staff, in addition to forward Marqus Blakely will be joining the festivities on Feb. 25. The Energy posted a 1-1 record this week, splitting a doubleheader with Dakota -- who they'll face again on Feb. 10. Guard Mike Efevberha scored a combined 40 points in the two games against the Wizards.
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Rio Grande Valley didn't fair too well on the court this week, dropping two straight games to the Idaho Stampede, but the Vipers did make some news off the court as big man Greg Smith signed a guaranteed contract with the NBA's Houston Rockets, who were also announced as the hosts of the NBA All-Star 2013. Then, with Smith safely locked up, Houston assigned him right back to RGV, allowing him to continue rampaging around the paint. As for the rest of the team, the Vipers will hope home cookin' can help turn things around as they host the next six games, staring with a twinbill versus Austin this weekend.
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Reno moved up a spot in the Power Rankings after a 2-1 week, sparked by a two-game sweep over Bakersfield. Guard Blake Ahearn scored a combined 49 points and dished out eight assists against the Jam, while teammate Andre Emmett posted 47 points and 15 rebounds in the two games. The Bighorns host the D-Fenders in a big Western Conference showdown this weekend.
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The Armor also made a positive move in the Rankings after posting a 2-0 record for the week, sparked by D-League All-Stars Jerry Smith, JamesOn Curry and James Foote. In two wins over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Smith combined for 53 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, earning Performer of the Week honors. Curry added a combined 28 points and 11 assists while Foote chipped in with 28 points in the two victories. Springfield hosts the Texas Legends twice this week.
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Tulsa went 2-2 for week and, by maintaining a .500 record, moved up one spot in the Rankings. D-League All-Stars Jerome Dyson and Marcus Lewis had strong games in both victories, with Dyson scoring a combined 42 points, while Lewis crashed the boards as usual, pulling down 26 rebounds over the two wins. The 66ers hit the West Coast for two games at Bakersfield this weekend.
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The Jam had a rough week, dropping three games and subsequently falling three spots in the Power Rankings. Guard Jeremy Wise played lights out for Bakersfield in back-to-back losses to Reno, posting a combined 48 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, while teammate Derrick Byers combined for 36 points and 14 rebounds. The Jam host Tulsa for a pair of games this weekend.
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Dakota jumped up a spot in the Power Rankings on the strength of a 2-1 week, sparked by the play of D-League All-Star Edwin Ubiles. The 6-6, 204-pounder out of Siena poured in 47 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in victories over Sioux Falls and Iowa, while teammate Marcus Dove combined for 32 points and 14 rebounds in the wins. The Wizards now play four straight on the road, starting Feb. 10 at Iowa.
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Erie went 1-2 on the West Coast last week, slipping a spot in the Power Rankings. The BayHawks dropped two games to the streaking D-Fenders, but did manage a solid 116-105 victory over the Jam. NBA D-League All-Star Keith McLeod scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win over Bakersfield, while teammate Kyle Spain also posted a double-double in the victory, with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Erie hosts Maine (Feb. 10) and Dakota (Feb. 11) this weekend.
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Texas split a pair of games against Tulsa last week, posting a 94-78 victory on Feb. 5. Forward Ramon Dyer posted a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double in the Legends win over the 66ers, and big man Sean Williams scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed eight boards. Texas hits the road for games at Springfield and Maine this week.
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Canton also went 1-1 for the week and maintained its spot in the Power Rankings, as the Charge won one and lost one to the Austin Toros. Guards T.J. Campbell (22 points) and Manny Harris (21 points, 14 rebounds) had big games in the 106-87 victory over Austin, while D-League All-Star Tyrell Biggs chipped in with 16 points for the Charge. Canton hosts Fort Wayne before traveling to Sioux Falls this week.
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Maine made a move up in the Power Rankings after defeating Fort Wayne twice this week. Former NBA player Morris Almond continued his stellar play since returning to the Red Claws, scoring a combined 46 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the two wins over the Mad Ants, while teammate Kenny Hayes also poured in 46 points over both games. Maine looks to build on their momentum with another game against Fort Wayne and a visit to Erie this weekend.
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Idaho also climbed up a spot in the Rankings as they took two games against Rio Grande Valley this week. Center Mikki Moore combined for 23 points and 23 rebounds in the two Stampede wins over the Vipers, while teammate Terrico White scored 36 points in the wins. Idaho starts a four game road trip at Sioux Fall on Feb. 10.
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Fort Wayne dropped two spots in the Power Rankings after losing two games to Maine, despite the efforts of D-League All-Star guard Darnell Lazare, who poured in 51 combined points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Mad Ants in the losses. Fort Wayne plays Canton and Springfield this weekend.
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Sioux Falls dropped three games this week, despite strong play from guard Gabe Pruitt, who scored 65 points and dished out 21 assists in the three games for the Skyforce. Sioux Falls looks to get back on the winning track with home games against Idaho (Feb. 10) and Canton (Feb. 11) this weekend.