Hubbard’s Three Lifts NBA D-League to Victory over Portland
Posted Jul 20 2009 12:08AM
LAS VEGAS, July 19 - Marcus Hubbard hit a long-range three at the final buzzer to help the NBA D-League Select team, the NBA Development League's entry into the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports, defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 74-73, in the final game at the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. The NBA D-League Select team finished with a 3-2 record, while Portland finished the league 1-4.
"Kurt (Looby) did a great job defensively, he was able to get the steal down the other end and find me - I was just in the right place at the right time," said Hubbard of his last-second heroics. "The shot felt great coming off my hand and it's awesome to help our guys get the W out here."
The NBA D-League tied the game at 64 with 2:07 to play and traded buckets with the Blazers, tying again at 71 and going down by two, 73-71 with 21.8 seconds to play when Portland's Dante Cunningham connected on two from the line. On the other end, Forbes pulled up for a long-range three, but came up short with 2.9 seconds to play. Down two, Kurt Looby stole Portland's inbounds pass and flipped the ball to Hubbard who launched the shot which fell to give the NBA D-League squad the come-from-behind win.
The NBA D-League team trailed for the entire game until Hubbard's shot fell, and had trailed by as many as 20 in the contest. Jasper Johnson led all NBA D-League scorers with 16 points, while Will Frisby chipped in with 15 and Curtis Stinson added 13 in the win. Cunningham and David Moss each had 16 for the Blazers.
The Trail Blazers jumped out to an early 10-4 lead and never trailed in the first quarter, leading by as many as eight points, 19-11. Moss led the way for Portland, scoring nine first-quarter points, including six in a row for the Blazers. Frisby finished with nine points of his own for the Select team, shooting four-of-six from the line.
Portland outscored the Select squad by ten points, 23-13, and went on a 15-0 run, en route to a 14-point half-time lead having bested the NBA D-Leaguers by as many as 20 points in the quarter. Trail Blazer Thomas Gardner was six-of-nine in the second quarter, scoring 15 points to go with four rebounds.
The NBA D-League Select team battled back in the third quarter, outscoring the Trail Blazers 20-12 in the first eight minutes of the period and cutting the lead to as few as three points. Johnson exploded in the period for the NBA D-Leaguers, scoring 13 points on five-of-five shooting to help bring his team within three, 60-57 going into the game's final quarter.