CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Austin Spurs for the second time in the span of a week at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on Thursday, 130-119.
With the win, the D-Fenders record improves to 24-6 and ties the D-League mark for most wins through 30 games of a season, matching the 2009-10 Iowa Energy.
Every Los Angeles starter scored in double figures, led by 26 points and eight assists from point guard Josh Magette. David Nwaba (23 points, seven rebounds) and Vander Blue (20 points) also recorded 20-point games, while Jeff Ayres finished with 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.
Austin (13-17) was paced by Hollis Thompson’s 26 points. Charles Garcia and Patricio Garino each scored 18 points, and NBA veteran Cory Jefferson neared a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Thursday’s contest was much more closely-contested than the 28-point win that Los Angeles enjoyed over Austin four days ago, as the two sides combined for 18 lead changes and 19 ties. That would be the case throughout the first half, where the D-Fenders concluded the first two quarters of play with a 71-70 advantage.
Los Angeles went up by as much as eight points in the third quarter behind nine points in the frame from Blue, but a trio of three-pointers from Austin’s Ryan Arcidiacono tied the game at 98 before the D-Fenders escaped the quarter with a one-point advantage.
In the fourth quarter Austin shot 23.5 percent from the field, a season low in a quarter for any D-Fenders opponent this season. After building up a double-digit lead early in the frame, Josh Magette added one of his game-high six three-pointers with 1:48 to play, giving Los Angeles its largest lead of the day at 11 points.
Overall, both teams enjoyed efficient shooting in the fast-paced affair. Los Angeles connected on 51-of-88 (.580) attempts from the field, compared to Austin’s 43-of-86 (.500) mark. The road team enjoyed the advantage in rebounding (45-36) but was outnumbered by the Spurs in assists (19-14) and steals (9-4).
Los Angeles will continue their six-game road trip against the Oklahoma City Blue at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.