Hornsby – Legends Too Hot for Suns

By Asher Feltman | January 26, 2019

It was raining 3-pointers on Friday night in Frisco. The Texas Legends (12-20) were on fire from beyond the arc, hitting 16 3’s as a team and shooting 62 percent from downtown to sizzle the Northern Arizona Suns (6-26) 126-107.

Keith Hornsby connected on a career-high seven 3-pointers on nine attempts, totaling 27 points to help the Legends win their third straight game.

“A lot of us were hot,” Hornsby said after his season-high point total. “Honestly it’s the games where you don’t think about it. You react to the game naturally, the natural offensive flow. Coach Mac has been on me to basically shoot more if I get open opportunities. A lot came tonight. It really is as simple as that.”

Hornsby had six 3’s at Stockton on November 24, besting that impressive total on Friday.

“Of course if you see a few go in it makes the next one easier. That’s pretty much what happened.”

Portland Trail Blazers assignee Gary Trent Jr. continues to dominate the G League, scoring 33 points and hitting 6-of-7 3’s himself. It was his second consecutive 33-point game and he’s scored 24 or more in all three games with the Legends, shooting 13-of-23 from downtown in those contests. He also had six rebounds and four steals.

Kostas Antetokounmpo returned to form with 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 10 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds in yet another dynamic performance. In seven games with the Legends since being acquired from Westchester, he has three games with at least eight assists.

Hornsby is in his his third professional season, all with the Legends, and is averaging career-highs across the board.

“This midseason form is something I always cherish. We’ve gotten so much repetition for practice and games so you want the games to be almost second nature. The flow of them and everything comes naturally when you get this far in the season.”

A steady presence amidst a flurry of roster movement, Hornsby’s career-highs include minutes (25.4 per game), points (10.8), and an incredible 48 percent from both 2- and 3-point land.

“With more playing time, you get more comfortable. You just gotta keep being consistent. That’s the hardest thing to do. I just want to keep doing that and get more wins like we’ve had recently.”

The Legends improved to 10-5 at home and went a perfect 3-for-3 on the season-long home stand. Texas now hits the road for a quick one-gamer Saturday night in Rio Grande Valley against the Vipers (20-10). Tipoff arrives at 7:00 PM CT.

Texas will return right back home after the in-state trip for their longest home stand of the season of five games.

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