D-Fenders Roll Past Spurs Behind Zubac’s Double-Double

By Joey Ramirez | December 11, 2016

As they have for most of the season, the D-Fenders controlled this game from the opening tip-off, never trailing in a 119-96 rout over the Austin Spurs. Los Angeles led by as many as 29 points and shot a steaming 52.9 percent from the field to win for the ninth time in 12 games this year.

Player of the Game
Ivica Zubac:
The Lakers assignee provided his best D-League performance yet, piling up 18 points and 16 rebounds. Zubac — who also snagged seven offensive boards — left his mark in the second half, when he picked up 10 of his points and a dozen rebounds.

Prospect Watch
Vander Blue (2):
It was an intentionally quiet night for one of the D-League’s top scorers, as Blue attempted only six shots, finishing with seven points. Head coach Coby Karl was instead pleased with Blue’s defensive focus, which helped him to three steals.

Justin Harper (15):
The returning D-League All-Star had one of his best games of the season, providing a game-high 24 points. He was particularly hot when it came to burying the Spurs, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter. Harper flashed his range with a pair of 3-pointers and attacked the basket to reach an 8-of-9 mark on free throws.

Josh Magette (21):
The league’s assists leader provided a bit of everything for his team, reaching 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Though his passing numbers were seven dimes below his ridiculous season average, Magette was clearly a big part of directing his team, as it outscored Austin by 30 in his 28 minutes on the floor.

Key Stat
64: Points scored by the D-Fenders in the paint. With Zubac leading the charge, the Spurs had no answer for L.A.’s dominance down low. Zubac, David Nwaba and Jeff Ayres were also particularly active on the glass, helping the D-Fenders to a 52-31 rebounding advantage.

Looking Ahead
The D-Fenders will be on the road for the next two weeks for a five-game road trip that begins on Thursday in Erie at 4 p.m. PT. The BayHawks are just 2-9 this year, but much of that has to do with their No. 1 overall pick — former Laker Anthony Brown — being called up to the New Orleans Pelicans after only three games in the D-League.

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