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NBA D-League Playoffs 2016: Los Angeles D-Fenders Defeat Reno Bighorns, 2-1

By Jon Fawkes | April 13, 2016

SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1: D-Fenders 126, Bighorns 116 | Thursday 4/7 | Box Score
Game 2: Bighorns 123, D-Fenders 116 | Sunday 4/10 | Box Score
Game 3: D-Fenders 111, Bighorns 108 | Tuesday 4/12 | Box Score

Game 3: D-FENDERS 111, BIGHORNS 108

Player of the Game: D-Fenders G Vander Blue — 27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists

Play of the Game: Ricky Ledo uses some fancy dribbling moves to get to the rim and convert the tough finish

Game 2: BIGHORNS 123, D-FENDERS 116

Player of the Game: Bighorns G Erick Green — 38 points, 12/25 FG, 6 threes, 6 assists

GAME 1: D-FENDERS 127, BIGHORNS 116

Player of the Game: D-Fenders G Vander Blue — 43 points, 14/29 FG, 5 threes, 10 rebounds

SERIES PREVIEW

This Western Conference matchup has talent all over the floor, featuring five players currently ranked on NBADLeague.com’s Prospect Watch. Reno has the No. 1 player on Prospect Watch, Erick Green, who is the 2nd active leading scorer in the league (25.7), behind L.A.’s Vander Blue, who is averaging 26.3 points per game and ranks No. 4 on the Prospect Watch.

The Bighorns are an experiment in the power of pace and the three-point shot, leading the league in points per game, three-pointers attempted, three-pointers made and three-point percentage. David Stockton helps run the show at point guard, averaging 7.2 assists per game and scoring 17.9 per game as well.

Los Angeles can score inside and out with forward Justin Harper (No. 11 on Prospect Watch) and guard Jabari Brown (No. 5 on Prospect Watch), while the Bighorns counter with Ricky Ledo (No. 25 on Prospect Watch) and his 21.3 points per game. Whoever can get the most stops should be the team that advances in this first-round matchup.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Erick Green, G, Reno Bighorns

Ricky Ledo, G, Reno Bighorns

David Stockton, G, Reno Bighorns

Vander Blue, G, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Jabari Brown, G, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Justin Harper, F, Los Angeles D-Fenders

 

MEET THE BIGHORNS

NBA Affiliate: Sacramento Kings

Regular Season Record: 33-17

Key Stat(s): The Bighorns’ up-tempo offense is yielding the desired results, as they lead the league in points per game (123.5), 3-pointers attempted (37.9), three-pointers made (15.3) and three-point percentage (40.5%).

MEET THE D-FENDERS

NBA Affiliate: Los Angeles Lakers

Regular Season Record: 27-23

Key Stat(s): The D-Fenders have the lowest turnover percentage in the league (14.3%) thanks to under-the-radar point guard Josh Magette, the league assists (9.2) and steals (2.4) leader.

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