SANTA CRUZ, CA. Jan. 7, 2016 – The Sioux Falls Skyforce (15-3) defeated the Raptors 905 (5-15), 102-98, on Thursday at the NBA Development League Showcase in Santa Cruz, CA.
The Skyforce overcame a 23-point deficit to win their eighth consecutive game, the longest winning streak in the NBA D-League this season. Josh Richardson (26 points) and Jarnell Stokes (24 points), both on assignment by the Miami Heat led the way for Sioux Falls. Scott Suggs poured in a game-high 27 points for Raptors 905, including five three-pointers and Ronald Roberts Jr. recorded a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double along with four blocks.
Raptors 905 shot 60 percent (12-of-20) in the first quarter and held the Skyforce to 33 percent (7-of-21). Suggs led the way offensively for Raptors 905 with nine first-quarter points on four-of-six (67 percent) shooting from the field.
DeAndre Liggins and Stokes added 10 points apiece in the second quarter but seven different Raptors 905 players scored in the second quarter and extended their lead to 13 (62-49) heading into halftime.
The Skyforce shot 57 percent (13-of-23) from the field in the third quarter behind Richardson’s 10-point quarter, outscoring Raptors 905 30-18, to trim the Raptors 905 lead to one, 80-79, heading into the final frame.
The Skyforce took their first lead of the game, 92-91, with 4:16 remaining in the fourth quarter on two free throws by Stokes. Two Greg Smith free throws got Raptors 905 within two at 100-98, with 54.8 seconds left before a key Richardson offensive rebound and turnaround jump shot secured the Skyforce’s 102-98 victory.