A fourth quarter push helped the Texas Legends (9-9) even up their record and complete a mini sweep of their two game home stand on Saturday night. The Legends usurped the Northern Arizona Suns (7-10) 119 to 107.
In a development ranging from not surprising at all to simply expected at this point, Justin Dentmon led the way in scoring. With 33 points, the G League’s leading scorer continues to stay hot. His 28.2 PPG is 1.7 ticks better than the next best G League player. Dentmon made 12-of-23 shots and all six of his free throw attempts, meanwhile putting up a plus-minus of plus-25, grabbing a season-high eight rebounds and collecting four more steals, his 2.6 average in that department tied for third in the league.
It’s a lot to process, but Justin Dentmon is doing everything.
Along with the Legends point guard, all five starters achieved double figures in the back-to-back victory. Kyle Collinsworth traded his triple-double card for a scoring card tonight, finishing with a season-best 24 points. He nearly recorded his fifth straight double-double, grabbing nine rebounds (four offensive) and making eight of his 10 free throws. It’s Collinsworth’s sixth straight game and seventh of eight in double figure scoring.
Mr. USA Basketball keeps on keeping on, as well. Jameel Warney went for 23 points and 15 rebounds, grabbing seven on the offensive glass a night after seven in the win against Oklahoma City. Warney’s 4.4 offensive rebounds a night is tied for second in the league, adding yet another Legends name in the top of the league rankings. His 9.9 rebounds is third. The patriotic patron also blocked three shots, bringing his season average to a whole number one.
Wade Baldwin IV continues to settle into his surroundings, posting a dynamic 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in a comfortable 37 minutes. The former NBA first round pick is on loan from the Portland Trail Blazers and the possibilities of him, Dentmon and the injured Donald Sloan sharing the court together is salivating.
J.J. Avila started for the injured Brandon Ashley and made the most of his first time in the first unit this season. Avila scored 10 points and knocked down a pair of three balls.
Rookie Xavier Johnson continues to more than earn his stripes, coming off the bench to score eight points along with eight rebounds. The Legends were 18 points better than the Suns when Johnson was on the court.
The winning ways will look for continuation as Texas hits the familiar road on Thursday night against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (14-5). The Vipers hold the G League’s best record, a half game better than Westchester, and defeated the Legends 130 to 126 on November 29th. Tipoff arrives at 7:00 PM CT.