The Delaware 87ers defeated the Iowa Energy 109-104 in a wire-to-wire victory on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Russ Smith scored 50 points for the 87ers (18-22) on 19-of-36 shooting and 9-of-11 from the free throw line, in addition to six rebounds and four assists in 42 minutes of action. Smith’s 50-point effort is the second-highest single-game point total in the NBA Development League this season. NBA vet Baron Davis put up 14 points in 21 minutes of action in his second game back, after almost four years away from the game. Rick Jackson posted 14 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks, while David Laury chipped in 10 points and 15 rebounds for Delaware.
Iowa’s (18-22) James Ennis came off the bench to score a team-high 30 points in 38 minutes of action, to go along with seven rebounds. Starter Andrew Harrison notched 28 points for the Energy, and Ramon Harris went for 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Smith was red-hot in the first quarter, scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting while playing all but seven seconds in the period, as the 87ers took a 36-16 advantage after one.
The 87ers continued to ride Smith’s hot hand in the second, where he scored 13 of the team’s 26 points, which gave Delaware a 62-40 lead at halftime.
Iowa got back into the game in the third behind 16 points from Ennis, but the hosts still trailed 83-74 after three.
The Energy continued to chip away at the Sevens’ lead in the fourth quarter, but after cutting the deficit to two points, Sam Thompson converted a three-point play with 12.6 seconds left to seal the victory.
After his 50-point performance, the 87ers become the first team in NBA D-League history to have four different players score at least 45 points in a game. Jordan McRae (61 points), Sean Kilpatrick (45 points) and Christian Wood (45 points) have each completed the feat for Delaware – and all three are currently playing in the NBA. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak for the 87ers.