The Texas Legends (9-8) opened the 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase against the Windy City Bulls (8-7), falling 111-126.
Dakota Mathias fired off the first shot for Texas to go up 3-0 early. Windy City stayed within four, tying it up three times before grabbing the lead midway through the first. The Bulls finished the quarter with six unanswered to go up 32-21 at the buzzer. Windy City maintained their double-digit advantage through the second, doubling the gap (+22) at the half.
The Bulls took their largest lead of the night (+28) early in the third but Texas came out firing. Behind a 14-point output from Nate Mason, Texas finished with 44 in the quarter but faced a 12-point deficit going into the final minutes. Windy City held the Legends at bay, sustaining their double-digit lead through the second half.
Nate Mason led the Legends with 22 points, 7 assists while Josh Reaves added 21 points, 3 assists. Antonius Cleveland grabbed his second straight double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds. Moses Brown came off the bench for 14 points, 8 rebounds joined by Brandon Fields who knocked down 3-of-5 outside for 13 points and 4 assists. Dakota Mathias rounded out the double-digit scores with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and a game-high 4 steals.
Cristiano Felicio finished with a game-high 25 points for Windy City with 10 rebounds while PJ Dozier tagged in for 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists. Milton Doyle added 21 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals.
The Bulls finished at 56% overall and 42% from outside while Texas landed 44% from the field and 38% outside. Windy City also won the battle on the boards 46-41 while dishing out 29 assists to Texas’ 22.
The Legends will face the South Bay Lakers Saturday at 2pm CT for their final game of the Showcase. Fans can catch all the action live on www.TexLegends.com.