Down by five with six minutes remaining, the D-Fenders went on one of their trademark, game-ending tears. Los Angeles finished the game with a 25-16 run to roll past the Windy City Bulls, 115-111, as Julian Jacobs led this final charge with seven points and a pair of assists.
Player of the Game
David Nwaba: A frontrunner for D-League Defensive Player of the Year, Nwaba got it done on both sides of the floor. He scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting while also collecting seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks. The Cal Poly product came up big at the end, forcing a turnover with 4.2 seconds left when Windy City needed only two points to tie.
Vander Blue (1): It was another fiery performance for the D-League’s third-leading scorer, who put up 27 points by constantly attacking the paint. He was also there when his team needed a bucket down the stretch, scoring seven points in the final 100 seconds.
Josh Magette (16):
A quiet night for the D-League’s assists leader was nonetheless a productive one that saw him nearly notch a double-double. Magette scored 10 points while dishing out nine assists along the way.
22: Turnovers committed by Windy City — which were 14 more than the D-Fenders. L.A. stayed extremely active on that end of the floor, as Jacobs led the way with three steals while Nwaba, Blue, Magette and DeJuan Blair each had two apiece.
The D-Fenders will now head to the desert for a meeting with the Northern Arizona Suns at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Suns are led by 12th-ranked prospect Elijah Millsap and also boast the services of Derrick Jones Jr., who finished second at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest last week.