Scott Machado was a one-man offense for the South Bay Lakers, pouring in a career-high 32 points and 11 assists on Sunday.
However, a huge early deficit was too much to overcome, as they fell to the Texas Legends, 126-116, blemishing a perfect 3-0 start to the season.
South Bay — which had also played the night before — came out sluggish, falling behind by 25 in the first quarter.
The Lakers were still down 20 at halftime before mounting a rally with a red-hot third quarter.
Machado — whose previous NBA G League career-high was 22 points — caught fire in the third, scoring 16 of his points with three of his triples.
Los Angeles assignee Thomas Bryant added three dunks toward 10 points, as South Bay worked its deficit down to two about halfway through the fourth.
The Lakers had a chance to tie with two-way player Alex Caruso at the free throw line. However, Caruso (11 points, four assists) had an uncharacteristically poor night at the foul line (2-of-8) and missed both attempts.
Similarly, Bryant was unable to provide his usual 3-point shooting, missing all seven attempts from deep. Still, Bryant added 15 points while Travis Wear had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
But it was Machado’s show. He is now averaging 19.2 points and 8.5 assists while shooting 49.1 percent in four games — all off the bench.
Meanwhile, Texas was led by Donald Sloan (30 points) and Jameel Warney (20 points, 13 rebounds).
South Bay will now hit the road for back-to-back away games, beginning on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT against the Iowa Wolves.
.@_ScottMachado sets the court on fire with a career-high 32 points, 11 assists and 5 3's. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
But Texas manages to hand South Bay its first loss of the year. pic.twitter.com/CA3bKZARaG
— South Bay Lakers (@SouthBayLakers) November 13, 2017