The South Bay Lakers dropped only their third home game of the season as they lost to the Iowa Wolves, 147-140, on Wednesday night. Kostas Antetokounmpo established a new career high with 24 points to go along with 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to give South Bay (10-12) the win. Jordan McLaughlin guided the Wolves (12-11) with a game-high 31 points.
It was a high-scoring affair in the first quarter, with Iowa holding a slight 37-36 lead. Jaylen Nowell paced the visitors with eight early points, while South Bay used a balanced attack behind 23 combined points from the starters to keep it close. South Bay had their highest scoring second quarter of the season (42), led by nine points in the frame from Reggie Hearn, to take a 78-72 halftime lead.
Barry Brown scored 12 points in the third quarter for Iowa to help give the Wolves a 113-108 lead through three. Antetokounmpo pitched in nine third-quarter points to keep the home team within striking distance. Javan Felix and Talen Horton-Tucker each scored nine points in the fourth quarter, but 11 points from Nowell helped secure the win for Iowa.
McLaughlin finished the night with 31 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal as four other Wolves crossed the 20-point mark. Nowell finished with 23 points and eight assists, James Webb II scored 21 points, Tyus Battle tallied 20 points and Brown led the second unit with 21 points. Lindell Wigginton also reached double figures with 12 points and seven assists off the bench.
Antetokounmpo’s second double-double of the season paced South Bay and Horton-Tucker pitched in 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Hearn finished with 16 points (4-8 3FG) and four assists, while Marcus Allen tallied 15 points in his fifth start of the season. All four players off the bench scored in double figures, led by 15 points apiece from Felix and Andre Ingram. Jordan Caroline recorded 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal and Travis Wear tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block.
South Bay continues their homestand with the first game of a back-to-back on Saturday, January 11 at 5:00pm against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers from the UCLA Health Training Center.