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BIGHORNS TAKE GAME 2 FROM THE D-FENDERS
RENO, NV—- The 2015-16 NBA D-League Pacific Division Champion Reno Bighorns defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders 123-116 during Game 2 in the First Round of the 2016 Western Conference Semi-Finals Sunday Night at the Reno Events Center.
Erick Green recorded 38 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead the Bighorns. Ricky Ledo followed with 33 points, eight rebounds and four assists. David Stockton logged a double-double with 16 points, 11 assists and six rebounds as Kadeem Jack tallied 15 points and six rebounds.
Justin Harper led the D-Fenders with 34 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Ryan Gomes notched 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Josh Magette added 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The first quarter was tightly contested that saw six lead changes and three ties. Ledo opened up the quarter with a three in the first seconds of the game. The two teams would match each other point-for-point throughout the quarter. At the 2:40 mark, the D-Fenders held a 27-21 lead before the Bighorns went on an 11-1 run powered by a deep three from Green at the buzzer. The Bighorns would win the frame 32-29.
The D-Fenders would get the first points in the second quarter after a lay-up from Magette. The teams kept the score close before the Bighorns would go on a 12-5 run midway through the quarter to hold a seven point advantage over the D-Fenders. The D-Fenders responded with a 12-5 run to get a 51-49 advantage over the Bighorns. The D-Fenders went into the locker room at the half leading the Bighorns 61-56.
The D-Fenders had the early jump on the Bighorns after sinking back-to-back threes in the first 30 seconds of the second half to hold their largest advantage of the night over the Bighorns (60-58). The Bighorns answered with a 10-4 run midway through the frame to close the deficit to 70-68. The D-Fenders continued their pace throughout the third to hold a one-point advantage over the Bighorns (88-89) going into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle that saw five lead changes and one tie. The Bighorns got the early lead after Stockton drew the foul to get two points at the line, making it an 89-88 game. Ledo connected with a three with 10:44 left in play. After a jumper from Jack with 10:12 on the clock, the Bighorns took a 94-93 lead over the D-Fenders that they would never relinquish. The Bighorns went on a 12-3 run at the 5:00 mark to give them their largest lead of the night (112-102). The Bighorns won the frame 36-28 to earn a 123-116 victory over the D-Fenders. Ricky Ledo scored 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter.
The Bighorns shot 58 percent from three-point range in the final quarter
The Bighorns (1-1) will host the D-Fenders (1-1) for Game 3 on Tuesday, Apr. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The winner of the series will advance to the Western Conference Finals to take on the Austin Spurs. Game 3 will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
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About the Reno Bighorns:
The Reno Bighorns are a member of the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA. The Bighorns are affiliated with the Sacramento Kings. Season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now! For more information, call the Bighorns front office at 775-853-8220 or visit RenoBighorns.com. Follow us on Twitter @renobighorns and “like” the Bighorns on Facebook at facebook.com/bighornshoops. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games. Check out the D-League at http://dleague.nba.com