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905 split Showcase trip, snaps 3-game losing streak

Raptors 905 111, Texas Legends 102 | Box Score
Assignees: Ray Spalding (Legends)

Two-ways: Jordan Loyd (905), Kostas Antetokounmpo, Daryl Macon (Legends)

Raptors 905 split their 2018 NBA G League Winter Showcase with a 111-102 victory over Texas Legends, withstanding a 29-17 fourth quarter Legends run to snap their three-game losing streak.

Jordan Loyd led the 905 with 33 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 7 steals as the 905 improved their record to 13-6. Loyd has now scored over 30 points in five games this season in the G League.

Deng Adel came into the game hot again, scoring 11 of his 25 points in the first quarter, and added 8 rebounds, while Duane Notice scored 19 points including a game-high 4 3-pointers.

Two-way player Daryl Macon led Texas with 16 points and 10 assists, notching his third double-double of the season. Seven players scored in double digits for the Legends, but the effort was not enough as they leave the Showcase 0-2 after losing 124-107 to Erie BayHawks this past Wednesday.

A 3-pointer by Loyd with 4:34 left in the third quarter gave the 905 a 27-point lead, their largest of the game. But the Legends went on a 12-2 run late in the fourth quarter, and with 2:31 left in the game, assignment player Ray Spalding sank a hook shot cutting the lead to single digits for the first time since the opening period. A driving lay-up by Macon on a subsequent play chipped at the lead even further to 104-97.

Through three quarters, the 905’s biggest advantage was their transition scoring and free throw shooting, where they outscored the Legends on fast breaks 26-6 and scored twice as many free throws, giving themselves a 94-73 lead heading into the final quarter before Texas made one final push. Loyd sank 2 of his 10 free throws with 19.3 seconds left to ice the game.

Notes

  • Two-Way 905 Player Notes
    • Jordan Loyd filled the stat sheet again, and his efficiency continues to stand out. Loyd’s 33 points tonight were a result of going 10 for 17 from the field, 3 for 6 from 3-pointers, and 10 for 11 at the free throw line. His all around effort tonight (7 assists, 6 rebounds, 7 steals) led to the team’s first win without G League MVP candidate Chris Boucher in the lineup.
    • Again, Boucher was not with the 905 tonight as he remains with the parent club through their injury woes. Boucher played 2 minutes today against Cleveland Cavaliers, recording 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 block. Boucher’s best performance this season with the Raptors included 9 minutes and 43 seconds of action in Wednesday’s contest versus Indiana, scoring 5 points including one 3-pointer along with 3 blocks.
  • Other 905 Player Notes:
    • Duane Notice and Deng Adel continued to take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their value in front of NBA executives, and have been the key standout non-contract players for the 905. Notice has played his best two games of the season in Las Vegas, scoring 19 points tonight after a 25-point performance in the Showcase opener against Memphis. Meanwhile Adel continues to show his capable all-around game, scoring 25 points tonight on 9 of 17 shooting, including two 3-pointers and generating trips to the free throw line going 5 for 6.
    • On Thursday, the 905 acquired the rights to MiKyle McIntosh from Wisconsin Herd. McIntosh had a physically demanding past 24 hours, as he flew to Las Vegas from South Korea and completed physical before suiting up for the 905 tonight. McIntosh, a Toronto-native, had 7 points and 2 rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
  • Hustle Notes:
    • A familiar name was on tonight’s opposing lineup. Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, is on a two-way contract with the Legends and Dallas Mavericks. Antetokounmpo scored 9 points and grabbed 2 rebounds tonight. He is averaging 9.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this year in the G League. After getting drafted 60th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, he has yet to suit up for a regular season NBA game.
    • Ray Spalding has been on assignment with the Legends since October 29th. Spalding is a dominating force in the paint, especially in the G League, but did not see many minutes tonight (as the showcase is generally more intended for non-contract players to put their value on display). He still ended the game with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Spalding has appeared in one game with the Mavericks this season.

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