FRISCO, TX – The Texas Legends (7-11) took a wire-to-wire victory over the defending-champion Austin Spurs (9-7) 137-110 Friday night in front of a sold out home crowd.
JJ Avila grabbed the first basket for Texas followed by a long ball from Rashad Vaughn to set the tone early. Both teams struggled offensively, but Texas held the visitors to 15 first-quarter points to pave the way for a big second quarter. Texas nearly doubled their makes in the second, shooting 67% after a 38% first. While holding the Spurs to 20, Daryl Macon led a 15-point charge for Texas to jump up to a 69-35 advantage heading into the locker room.
Texas’ hot streak continued in the second half as nine-of-ten active players contributed to a 76% quarter. Austin began heating up as well, hitting 15-of-24, but the deficit proved too large for the visitors who faced a 43-point difference in the second half. The Legends regained their largest lead (+43) minutes into the fourth, but the Spurs finished strong with a 30-14 run to the buzzer. The 27-point gap was Texas’ largest margin victory of the season.
The Legends finished with season-highs in multiple categories, shooting 57% overall and 54% outside while dishing out 32 assists and grabbing 19 steals.
Macon grabbed the game’s only double-double leading the Legends with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and a season-leading 13 assists. Vaughn hit 5-of-7 outside to finish with 21 points, and Frank Jackson added 20 points, 3 assists. Kostas Antetokounmpo added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block while Keith Hornsby came off the bench for 14 points, 3 assists. Kenrich Williams rounded off the double-digit scoring with a full line of 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and a block in his debut with Texas.
Austin had seven players finish with double-digit scores led by Lonnie Walker IV with 14 points, 3 rebounds. Nick Johnson, Jeff Ledbetter, and Ben Moore all added 13 each with Moore tallying a game-high 9 boards. Amida Brimah added 12 points, 8 rebounds, and Drew Eubanks and Chimezie Metu grabbed 10 each and combined for 13 boards.