WASHINGTON — Jordan McRae scored 43 points for his second 40-point game in the last four days as the Capital City Go-Go (12-9) powered past the Texas Legends (8-17), 114-105, Tuesday night at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
It was the Go-Go’s fourth straight win.
The Go-Go began the game on a 10-0 run in the game’s early minutes, before Texas settled in on the offensive and defensive end. Texas forced Capital City into 13 turnovers leading to 24 points in the first half, as the Legends took a 58-55 lead into the break.
The Go-Go righted the ship in the second half, turning the ball over three times total in the final two frames. Texas led by as many as eight early in the third quarter, but the Go-Go charged back with a 17-4 run capped by a Duje Dukan three with 5:13 remaining in the third that put the Go-Go up for good at 76-71. The Legends closed within one on multiple occasions, but McRae’s offense proved too much, as he tallied 25 second-half points.
In addition to McRae, Noah Allen tallied a season-high 19 points – 14 of which came in the second half — going 5-of-7 from three in the process. Isaiah Armwood had 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, becoming the third Go-Go player with a 15-point, 15-rebound performance this season. Duje Dukan had nine points in his Go-Go debut as well. Capital City shot 13-of-32 (40.6%) from three in the game, continuing its trend of hot three-point shooting.
Texas was led by Wade Baldwin IV’s 24 points and seven rebounds. Dallas Mavericks’ assignee Ray Spalding chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds in the game. Mavs’ two-way player, Daryl Macon, added 14 points and six assists.
The Go-Go will carry their four-game winning streak into Greensboro as they take on the Swarm on Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. The Legends will continue their East Coast swing as they face off with the Lakeland Magic on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.
GO-GO HEAD COACH JARELL CHRISTIAN
On winning without going into overtime:
” I’m relieved that our guys were able to pull it out in regulation. They found a way down the stretch to keep getting stops. Once you’re able to keep getting stops down the stretch you’re going to put yourself in a position to win. That’s what we did tonight.”
On winning the fourth-straight game:
“I love it. I’m extremely proud of them. Obviously, in those games, they come down to a lot of small situations within the game. Free throw block-outs, executing side out-of-bounds, under out-of-bounds plays and our guys came in with attention to detail to get those things done. I always talk about winning those small games within the game and our guys focused and locked in on things.”
On Jordan McRae’s big night:
“That’s big for him. Whether he’s scoring the basketball, he’s been a great teammate. He’s been a great leader this stretch of games. That’s something that he really set out to develop a little bit this year. I’m just proud of him and the way he’s leading his team. Obviously, he’s scoring a lot of points, but he’s playing the right brand of basketball. He’s finding his teammates, he’s passing the ball and he’s also taking initiative on the defensive end.”
GO-GO GUARD JORDAN MCRAE
On winning four in-a-row:
“It always feels good to win four in-a-row. With this franchise getting off the ground this year [and] for us to be the ones to start it, we are trying to do our best.”
On the team chemistry:
“We are just playing as a team right now. The ball is moving. Everybody is happy for one another. We are out there having fun, and obviously winning always feels good. But for us to be the first team to win three overtime games [in-a-row], that just shows how hard we are playing.”
On being comfortable with the ball in his hand and whether it is something they are going to continue to do with him:
“Right now, we are just trying to get the ball out as fast as we can. We are kind undersized right now. We are just trying to run and whoever is closest, we are trying to get out as fast as we can.”