SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors (27-10) held on to defeat the Raptors 905 (22-15) tonight in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 112-109. The Sea Dubs enter the All-Star break with the NBA’s best record for the first time in franchise history (.729 winning percentage).
Six Sea Dubs scored in double figures tonight, including guard Kendrick Nunn with 25 points tonight on 11-of-16 from the field (61.1 percent shooting). Warriors guard Michael Gbinije logged 16 points, his best scoring performance since November 18 against Northern Arizona (22 points). Antonius Cleveland, who returned to the lineup after missing the last three games, filled the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Raptors 905 wing Malcolm Miller scored 24 points, including 15 in the first half, to go along with nine rebounds in 39 minutes tonight. Guard Josh Adams contributed 23 points, six rebounds and ten assists, but also committed six turnovers. Forward Derek Cooke, Jr. secured 13 points and 17 rebounds for a double-double.
Thanks to eight first quarter points by two-way forward Marcus Derrickson, Santa Cruz held the lead for most of the period until Malcolm Miller drilled a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to tie the game 26-26. In the second, Nunn poured in six more points to give him 12 in the half, including a thundering transition dunk, to give the Warriors a narrow 57-56 lead going into the locker room.
The Warriors went on a 10-2 run to break away from the 905 in the third quarter and take a 93-84 lead. The 905 then went on an 8-0 run with 3 minutes remaining to bring the score to within one with seconds remaining, but a Darius Morris driving layup extended the Sea Dubs lead to three with 8.6 seconds remaining. A last second miss by Adams secured the Warriors win.