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BIGHORNS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH WITH WIN
RENO, NV —- The NBA D-League Western Conference Leader Reno Bighorns (28-16) defeated the Texas Legends (21-24) 126-113 Sunday night at the Reno Events Center. With the Bighorns victory over the Legends, they become the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth.
Erick Green netted 26 points and added three rebounds and three assists to lead the Bighorns. David Stockton scored 21 points, grabbed two rebounds and added six assists. Sacramento Kings assignment player, Duje Dukan, had 19 points, five rebounds and two assists as Ricky Ledo followed Dukan closely with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Jamil Wilson led the Legends with 25 points four rebounds and two assists. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 21 points and three rebounds while Patrick Miller logged a double-double with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Bighorns grabbed a 26-19 lead over the Legends midway through the first quarter behind eight points from Dukan. The Bighorns would maintain their lead over the Legends and end the first quarter with a 41-31 advantage. Dukan and Jack ended the quarter with eight points each.
The Bighorns continued to control the game in the second quarter after taking an early 49-34 lead after a jumper from Stockton. The Bighorns went 12-22 from the field in the quarter. The Legends chipped away at the Bighorns closing the deficit to seven with 2:13 remaining in the first half but would go into the locker room trailing the Bighorns 74-60 at halftime. Stockton notched 13 points in the second quarter.
The Bighorns would maintain their advantage over the Legends entering the third quarter after going on an early 8-0 run. The Bighorns would log their biggest lead of the night after a triple by Dukan, giving them a 107-79 lead over the Legends. The Bighorns won the frame 33-22 leading the Legends 107-82 heading into the final quarter. Green scored 19 of his 26 points in the third quarter behind a 7-10 shooting effort.
The Bighorns kept control of the game going on a 9-2 run to hold a 126-106 advantage halfway through the fourth quarter. The Bighorns would never relinquish the lead, earning a 126-113 win over the Legends.
The Bighorns will host the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Wednesday, Mar. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Reno Events Center for Sacramento Kings Affiliate Night.
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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 on -nbadleague.com.