Texas 4th Quarter Comeback Falls Short

By Kyle Judkins | December 21, 2018

The Texas Legends (8-13) finished strong but were unable to complete the 27-point comeback, falling to the Raptors 905 (13-6) 111-102.

The Raptors got off to a hot start, hitting 52% in the first to take a 36-22 lead on Texas.  The two went shot-for-shot in the second, with Texas pulling within 11.  With under two minutes in the first half, 905 extended the lead to 20 and held on to a 17-point advantage at the buzzer.

Three minutes into the third, Jameel Warney knocked down a three to make it a 16-point game, but the Raptors responded with eight straight and continued to answer all of Texas’ attempts.  Facing a 21-point deficit heading into the final minutes, Texas came out firing, hitting seven straight before 905 could answer.  Midway through the fourth, Texas again found their streak fighting a 17-point gap with 10 unanswered points, but that would be as close as the comeback would get.

Texas had seven players finish with double-digit scores led by Daryl Macon with his 20th straight, finishing the night with the team’s only double-double of 16 points, 10 assists.  Ray Spalding and Warney both neared the double-double mark with Spalding finishing at 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and Warney adding another full line of 13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.  Ryan Boatright made it a trio, also scoring 13, while grabbing 4 boards and dishing out 2 assists in his 14 minutes off the bench.

Jordan Loyd posted a game-high 33 points on 10-of-17 for the night while adding 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and another game-high 7 steals.  Deng Adel added 25 points while leading the team with 8 rebounds.  Duane Notice added 19 points (4-of-8 from outside), 3 rebounds, and 2 assists, and Christian Watford rounded out the double-digit scorers for 905 with 10 points, 5 rebounds off the bench.

Texas will get a break before heading South to take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on the road Dec. 27th at 7pm.  Fans can catch all the action live on ESPN+.

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