G LEAGUE Ignite booked the final ticket to the playoffs as it walloped the Austin Spurs by 35 points, 127-92, on Saturday at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando (Sunday, Manila time).
The select team wasted little time in its quest to clinch the eighth spot, starting hot off the gates and establishing a 66-46 halftime lead before increasing it to its highest at 40, 125-85, with a Daishen Nix layup with 1:46 left.
NBA veteran Amir Johnson was a perfect 12-of-12 from the field as he scored 22 of his 27 points in the first half to set the tone for the rout.
He also grabbed two rebounds and a steal to help Ignite rise to an 8-7 card and snap a three-game losing skid to finish its eliminations schedule.
Isaiah Todd added 25 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep, alongside 11 boards, three assists, and two blocks, while Jalen Green, who is of Filipino descent, added 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
Nix got 12 points, nine dimes, and six assists, as Cody Demps had 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists off the bench to make up for the continued absence of Congo's Jonathan Kuminga, who remains out due to a sore right knee.
Ignite actually needed a huge help from Santa Cruz Warriors, which dealt Oklahoma City Blue a 113-103 defeat earlier in the day.
The select team and the Blue were actually tied in the standings, but Ignite has the upper hand after its 109-103 win back in Feb. 12.
Ignite now for top-seed Raptors 905, which went 12-3 inside the NBA G League bubble. Their knockout duel will be on Monday.
The Raptors have been on a roll, winning their last eight games with Henry Ellenson steering the wheel.
Odds may not be in Ignite's favor, but the select team can gain confidence given that it scored a 113-105 win over the Raptors in their previous matchup last Feb. 13.
Austin took it easy in this game, with Quinndary Weatherspoon leading the charge with 22 points on 4-of-6 clip from threes, alongside three rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Kenny Williams tallied 15 points, four boards, two assists, and two steals, while Cameron Reynolds and Galen Robinson Jr. both scored 10 in the Spurs defeat and fall to 10-5.
Still, Austin heads to the postseason as the No. 5 seed where it will face the fourth seed Delaware Blue Coats.