THE Texas Legends survived a mid-game wobble and asserted their mastery of the Oklahoma City Blue, 102-86, in the NBA D-League on Saturday at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco (Sunday, Manila time).
The Legends used a huge fourth-quarter run to regain control after some shaky play in the middle quarters that saw them squander early gains and lose a twin-digit lead.
Mavericks guard Justin Anderson, assigned to the Legends just a day before, provided an instant boost and came up with 27 points to lead all scorers.
The Legends evened their record at 2-2, both wins scored at the expense of the Blue, who are winless in four outings.
While the Mavericks move gave the Legends a lift, center Salah Mejri was also moved to the D-League, it meant quick adjustments in coach Nick Van Exel’s rotation.
Ray Parks was left riding the bench, kept out for the first time in four games in the D-League.
With Anderson and Mejri starting, the home squad went off to a hot start at took a 21-11 lead and ended the first quarter up by 11 points, 27-16.
But the Blue outscored the Legends, 34-18, in the second quarter for a 50-45 lead at intermission.
Tu Holloway and Jamil Wilson came up with their usual double-digit contributions for the Legends, registering 16 and 12 points, respectively, while Thomas Bropleh had 11 points.
Talib Zanna led Oklahoma City with 20 points while Marquis Teague, who previously played for the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets, came up with 19.