Texas turns tables on NAZ Suns
NBA G League
FRISCO, Texas — On National Opposite Day, it only made sense that the first half between the Northern Arizona Suns and Texas Legends was competitive — and the second half was, well, the opposite.
During the first 24 minutes, there were 18 lead changes and 14 ties, with the Suns taking a 59-56 lead into the locker room. In the second half, there was only one lead change and two ties, as Texas outscored the Suns, 70-48, en-route to a 126-107 victory.
Beating the Legends on Saturday as the Northern Arizona Rodeo Clowns, the Suns (6-26 record) came into Friday night’s game at Comerica Center winning three of their past four games. The Legends (12-20) had done the same, making it four wins in their last five games counting Friday.
The Suns started hot, converting 14 of 23 field goals for 61 percent in the first quarter. Over their past four games, they’ve combined to make 52 of 86 (60 percent) in the opening frame.
Northern Arizona shot relatively well the rest of the game, but Texas countered with its own solid shooting mark, including an incredible tally from 3-point range.
The Legends finished 16 of 27 (59 percent) from beyond the arc, converting 45 of 86 (52 percent) from the field. The Suns finished 42 of 82 (51 percent) from the field, but they were hampered by 20 turnovers that led to 24 points for Texas.
The Legends also had 15 more free throw attempts, shooting 20 of 33 (61 percent) from the charity stripe compared to the Suns’ perfect mark of 18 for 18. In two games between these teams this year, Texas has shot 72 free throws, while the Suns have attempted 34.
Seven Suns scored in double figures, led by George King’s 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He added six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Eric Stuteville and Daxter Miles Jr. scored 14 points apiece, with Stuteville making every shot (6 of 6). Jawun Evans (12 points, nine assists, two blocks), Hollis Thompson (12 points, six rebounds, three assists), Trayvon Palmer (11 points, five rebounds) and Aaron Epps (10 points, eight rebounds) rounded out the double-digit scoring.
For the Legends, Portland Trail Blazers assignee Gary Trent Jr. notched a game-high 33 points on 11 of 21 shooting, including 6 of 7 from distance, to go with six rebounds and four steals. Trent Jr. started the game shooting 2 of 10, but finished 9 of 11.
Keith Hornsby added 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting, netting 7 of 9 from 3-point land. Ray Spalding (13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (10 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds) provided the game’s two double-doubles.
The Suns will head straight to Oklahoma City to finish another back-to-back road set, where they’ll take on the Blue at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
The Legends also have a back-to-back, as they’ll play at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 6 p.m. Jan. 26.
Information provided by the Northern Arizona Suns.