Portland, Maine – The Maine Red Claws used hot shooting from three-point land, cruising to victory over the Greensboro Swarm, 135-111. Maine finished one three-pointer shy of the franchise record, making 23 of 45 attempts in the win.
Josh Adeyeye led the Claws (5-3) with 22 points, including 6-10 from downtown, and 9 rebounds. Boston Celtics two-way player Jabari Bird added 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Daniel Dixon scored 20 points off the bench, including 6-10 from three-point range. Kadeem Allen added 16 points, as did Andrew White. Devin Williams recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards in 19 minutes of play.
For Greensboro (3-6), Marcus Paige and Jalen Jones led the way with 27 points each. T.J. Williams added 20 points off the bench for the Swarm.
Kadeem Allen started the scoring with a three-point play the hard way, then followed that up with an offensive board and put-back to give the Claws an early 5 point lead. The Red Claws led 10-4 before former Red Claw Jalen Jones dropped in a corner 3 for the Swarm. Allen continued the hot shooting, driving inside for the lay-up and then stepping outside for a trey – Allen scored 12 of Maine’s first 19 points. Daniel Dixon, playing his first game since Nov. 12 (groin injury), buried back-to-back three’s as Maine surged to a 28-17 lead. When the dust settled on the first quarter, Maine held a 32-27 lead.
Greensboro two-way player Marcus Paige opened the second quarter with a lay-up to cut the lead to three, and after a goaltend call it was a 32-31 game. Bird buried a three pointer to right the ship for Maine. Daniel Dingle hit Bird on the fast break for the easy deuce, but Paige answered with two of his own to keep it close, and Paige gave Greensboro the lead at the free throw line at 46-44. Drew Barham’s back-to-back three’s gave the lead back to Maine. The Red Claws took a 64-57 lead into the break. Allen led all scorers with 16 points in the first half, followed by Bird with 13. Maine shot 53.3 percent (24-45) from the floor in the first half, and 52.4 percent (11-21) from downtown. Greensboro shot 48.9 percent (22-45) from the field, but only 2-10 from three-point land.
In the third, the Red Claws and Swarm traded baskets early. Bird buried a corner three to give Maine a 74-62 lead. Paige’s acrobatic reverse lay-in helped the Swarm, but hot outside shooting continued for the Red Claws. Adeyeye buried a three, and Dingle went inside to make it 87-69 Claws. Dixon continued to shoot well from outside, and Maine enjoyed a 14-point cushion. Allen fed Dixon for yet another three late in the period, and Maine took a 100-83 lead into the 4th.
Maine extended to a 20 point lead in the final period. Dixon buried a three as the shot clock expired to make it 115-95. Adeyeye continued his strong play, and his three made it 127-102. The Red Claws cruised home from there. Maine finished 47-86 (54.7 percent) from the field, and 23-45 (51.1 percent) from downtown. The Red Claws were 18-24 from the free throw line. Greensboro finished shooting 46.7 percent (42-90) from the floor, 28.6 percent (6-21) from three, and 21-26 from the charity stripe.