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Legends’ Third Quarter Comeback Falls Short

Official Release | January 5, 2019

The Texas Legends (8-16) posted a 45-point third quarter to erase a 13-point Santa Cruz lead but were unable to maintain the pace, falling in the final seconds to the visiting Warriors (17-6) 116-121.

After nine back-and-forths in the first, Santa Cruz took control and held the lead for the final three minutes.  Kendrick Nunn opened the second with back-to-back threes to put the Warriors up by nine, but the Legends responded with a 15-2 run to take their largest lead of the half (+4).  Santa Cruz finished the second with a 20-5 streak to lead 65-54 going into the locker room.

Texas burst through 11 unanswered points to open the third, setting the pace for a dominant quarter.  Nearly doubling the visitors’ points, Texas shot 77% (63% outside) for a 45-24 third.  Ray Spalding and Wade Baldwin IV combined for 21 points to lead the Legends’ efforts, putting a 26-point swing on the quarter as they led by 15 in the final seconds.  The gap proved no match for the hot shooting Warriors who finished the night at 50% overall and 46% outside.  Midway through the fourth the Legends held onto a nine-point advantage but the visitors continued to chip away.  With 2:24 to play, Damion Lee and Justin Dentmon exchanged baskets for four more lead changes before a long ball from Darius Morris gave the Warriors the go-ahead lead.

Texas had five players in double-digits, three with 20-point nights, and one with a double-double.  Spalding led Texas with game-highs in scoring (25), rebounds (11), and blocks (4) alongside Dentmon who tied the game-high 25 points and added 3 assists, 2 steals.  Baldwin, on assignment from the Portland Trail Blazers, came off the bench for 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals while fellow Trail Blazer assignee Caleb Swanigan added 13 points, 8 rebounds.

Lee led the Warriors with 23 points, 8 rebounds while Marcus Derrickson and Nunn added 16 points each.  Morris finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The Legends will hit the road for a three-game stretch against the Capital City Go-Go Tuesday at 6pm CT, Lakeland Magic on Friday at 6pm CT, and Memphis Hustle on Saturday at 7pm CT.  Fans can catch all the action live at www.TexLegends.com.