FRISCO, TX — The NBA D-League’s top scorers, Pierre Jackson and Manny Harris, combined for 56 points Friday night for the Texas Legends (11-10), but the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (16-9) outshot the home team for a 139-121 wire-to-wire victory in Frisco.
The Vipers grabbed the first points of the contest and used a 12-point effort from Chris Johnson to get a six-point edge over the home team. Manny Harris responded with 6 of 8 for 14 in the second, but the Vipers’ hot shooting led them into halftime with a 12-point advantage behind 58% completion.
The Legends pulled within four in the third quarter before allowing the visitors to take their largest lead of the night in the final minutes. The 19-point deficit proved too large for the Legends who finished at 46 percent to the Vipers’ 56percent overall shooting.
Harris and Jackson led all scorers with 28 points apiece. Harris also tallied 5 rebounds, 3 assists while Jackson added 4 rebounds and a game-high 9 assists. CJ Williams finished 4-for-9 from outside to total 19 points, and Dallas Mavericks assignee Nicolas Brussino totaled 17 points, 4 assists, and a team-high 8 boards.
The Vipers saw eight players finish with double-digits. Joshua Smith added a season-high 27 points for the Vipers, leading the team in rebounds as well (12) for the game’s only double-double. JP Tokoto and Darius Morris grabbed 22 points each, and Morris led the Vipers’ assist column with 8.