The first home stand of the young 2017-2018 season continued on Tuesday evening in front of a joyous holiday crowd at Dr Pepper Arena. The Golden State affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors (6-3) took the lead late against the Legends (3-3) and held on to win 128-115.
Three Legends players topped 20 points in this one. Two-way player Johnathan Motley continues to be a dominant force down low with 22 points and nine rebounds, also adding three steals and two blocks. It’s the third straight game with at least 22 points for the center, who has recorded double-figure scoring outings in all six games so far this season.
The same can be said for Justin Dentmon, who notched 25 against the Warriors and has topped 21 points in every game so far this season. The veteran point guard also handed out a team-high seven assists.
Rounding out the 20-point plateau is Keith Hornsby, who set a career-high in points (the third time and counting he’s done that this season) with 26 big ones.
“I feel great,” says Hornsby. “Because I’m letting the game come to me. I’m not trying to force the issue. Playing as much as I am now, it’s much easier for me or anyone to figure out for themselves how they need to play in order to be the best for the team and themselves. I’ve been getting in a groove and can hopefully be consistent.”
The 2016 G League first round pick made 9-of-16 shots, 4-of-7 three’s and all four of his free throws. He’s played more than 30 minutes three times this year and had the best night of his young professional career to date each time.
“It always helps to see a few of those drives, those shots go in. Coaches have been really good with me this year instilling confidence in me and they want me to be aggressive. They want me to be aggressive, they want me to shoot when I’m open, they want me to drive and attack, to make plays for others or score myself whenever I get the chance. I’ll take that and run with it.”
The temporary setback evens the Texas record at three wins and losses apiece and sets up this weekend’s two step on Friday and Saturday night. On Friday night, the Legends reunite with the South Bay Lakers (5-1), who they defeated 126-118 in El Segundo on November 12th to give the Lakers their only loss of the year to date.
Tipoff comes at 7:30 PM CT Friday and does as well on Saturday against the Jazz-affiliated Salt Lake City Stars (0-6).