OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – On the final day of a three-game road stretch and 1,200 miles from home, fatigue was never a factor for Los Angeles on Tuesday as the visiting D-Fenders led wire-to-wire against Oklahoma City en route to a 117-108 victory at the Cox Convention Center.
Los Angeles (6-2) was guided by season-highs from Justin Harper and Troy DeVries, who finished with 28 points and 26 points, respectively. Harper added 14 rebounds that tied his season high and gave him his fourth double-double of the year, while DeVries’s total came off an impressive 6-of-8 mark from three-point range, the best performance for a D-Fender this season. Vander Blue added 22 points, while Josh Magette once again facilitated the offense to the tune of 15 assists.
Despite turning the ball over a total of 27 times that resulted in 31 points for the Blue, Los Angeles connected on 51.9 percent of the team’s shots -– including a 14-of-28 mark from long range -– to extend the lead at critical points in the matchup. On the other end, the D-Fenders stayed true to their team’s name, pestering the Blue to an overall mark of 37.7 percent from the field.
Even from the opening tipoff, the D-Fenders were guided by the work of their leading scorers, who together sparked a 7-0 run for LA to start the game. DeVries would go on to connect on all three of his attempts from long range in the quarter, while Harper added nine points and Blue contributed eight. Los Angeles scored 36 points in the game’s opening 12 minutes, while 18 points from the Blue was the lowest total LA has allowed in the first frame all year.
The momentum continued as Los Angeles weathered a number of Oklahoma City runs throughout the contest, with the Blue even pulling to within seven points in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. But — much like the day overall — balanced LA offense combined with poor Oklahoma City shooting resulted in the home team’s downfall. In total, the Blue attempted a staggering 106 shots, connecting on only 40 of them.
Oklahoma City (6-3) was paced by 28 points and 11 rebounds from Dakari Johnson, the only OKC player to finish with a double-double. Reggie Williams (19), Daniel Hamilton (17), Josh Huestis (15) and Alex Caruso (11) were the other double-digit scorers for the Blue on Tuesday.