For the second straight game, the Texas Legends (10-20) had their fate decided by a single point. This time, they came out on the right side of things, defeating the visiting Iowa Wolves (9-21) 119-118.
Recent trade acquisition Xavier Rathan-Mayes flirted with a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his fifth game with the Legends. He started at small forward once again and looks to be a great addition to the organization.
On assignment from the Portland Trail Blazers, 2018 second-round pick (37th overall) Gary Trent Jr. fit in immediately with the Legends, scoring 24 points off the bench.
“Simply just always being ready,” Trent Jr. moved seamlessly onto the Texas roster. “My coaches back in Portland prepared me all year, the strength and conditioning coach has been conditioning me, helping me go through drills game speed. Just staying ready. We pulled out the win and that’s the most important thing.”
The former Duke Blue Devil turned 20 three days ago and has played in seven games with the Blazers this season. He followed the footsteps of Portland teammates Wade Baldwin IV and Caleb Swanigan, journeying south to Frisco to get run with the Legends.
“I just asked them questions like how the coaches and players were. They had nothing but positive things to say about it. I knew it was going to be an easy and smooth transition to come down and play with a great group of guys here.”
Center Ray Spalding continued his torrid pace with 22 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks. It’s his 11th double-double of the season and he has scored double-figures in 24 of 26 games played.
Xavier Johnson started and tied a season-high of 16 points (set five days ago), also collecting eight rebounds as well as four steals.
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, officially signed earlier in the day by the Legends, quickly made his team debut with nine minutes played. Donte Ingram, Trahson Burrell and Keith Hornsby were plus-12, plus-10 and plus-8 respectively.
Justin Dentmon led the way with a game-high 29 points, including five three-pointers and an 8-of-8 performance at the free throw line.
The Legends continue to take in players from in and out of the organization, helping them develop their game and their futures. It was Gary Trent Jr.’s turn on this day and he turned in an inspiring performance with a brand new crew.
“It’s just basketball, man. You really don’t have much chemistry and have to rely on your basketball instincts and that’s what I did. Simply just going back to knowing how to play basketball, back to the fundamentals, just talking and communicating. Any communication with any team will help you win the game.”
Texas has won two of three and will continue a stretch of eight of nine at home this Wednesday night at 7:00 PM CT against the Austin Spurs. The Legends lead the season series over their division rivals 2-0.