SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Los Angeles D-Fenders never got it going on Friday at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, falling to the Santa Cruz Warriors in a Pacific Division clash, 127-117. The loss ends L.A.’s five-game win streak on the road.
Los Angeles (33-16) trailed by as much as 27 and never held more than a one point advantage in the contest. The deficit was largely a result of poor shooting, as the D-Fenders combined for a mere 35.8 percent from the field, while converting on 29.2 percent of their three-point attempts. The Warriors overcame 20 turnovers by shooting an efficient 52.3 percent from the field. The visitors ended the game on a 16-7 run before falling by 10 points.
The D-Fenders were led by 24 points from Troy DeVries, who went 6-of-13 from three-point range. Forwards Justin Harper (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Travis Wear (21 points, 13 rebounds) followed in the box score while tallying double-doubles. Vander Blue finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and guard Josh Magette registered nine points and six assists.
Santa Cruz (31-19) was paced by 25 points and seven rebounds from Damian Jones, who led the way for six double-figure scorers. Guard Jabari Brown provided valuable minutes off of the Warriors bench by adding 21 points and five rebounds. Alex Hamilton (15 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds) and LaDontae Henton (17 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles.
L.A. will close out the regular season against the Salt Lake City Stars at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Toyota Sports Center.