D-Fenders/Missouri Alums Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown Carry Lakers

By Brian Kotloff | March 31, 2015

Last year, they shared a backcourt at the University of Missouri. This fall, they teamed up for the NBA Development League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders.

And on Monday night, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown led the Lakers to a victory.

The tandem had it going once again against the Sixers, leading all scorers with 26 and 22 points, respectively. Clarkson capped the night with a game-winning lay-in with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Lakers, 113-111.

Brown capitalized on a 34-minute run with 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting while playing on the last day of his second 10-day contract. He was called up from the affiliate D-Fenders on March 10 as the NBA D-League’s leading scorer (24.4 PPG) after going undrafted in June.

“He’s just got a demeanor about himself and a good feel for the game,” Lakers head coach Byron Scott said of Brown at his postgame press conference. “He’s showing me everything we hoped he would, and probably a little bit more.”

Clarkson finished with a historic line of 26 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds — a line for a Lakers rookie that even Magic Johnson never pulled off. In fact, the last L.A. rookie with at least 25 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds in a game was Archie Clark on March 11 … 1967.

The second-round pick played five games with the D-Fenders from November-January, averaging 22.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists.

Former Missouri teammates Michael Dixon Jr. and Kim English were among the many viewers buzzing about the Tigers alums.

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