DES MOINES, Iowa – The Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Iowa Energy on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Arena, 103-99, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Los Angeles (30-13) was led in scoring by a career-high 22 points from NBA veteran DeJuan Blair, who also notched 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year with the D-Fenders. Guard Josh Magette recorded a near triple-double with 18 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. Meanwhile, Justin Harper (20 points, five rebounds) impressed in his first game back from an NBA Call-Up, and recently acquired Andre Ingram shot 5-8 from three-point range to score 17 points.
Iowa (11-32) stayed in contention thanks to 29 points and 10 rebounds from Jarell Martin, who led all scorers on the day. Deyonta Davis (15 points, 11 rebounds) recorded a double-double, and the duo of Terry Whisnant (12 points, seven rebounds) and JaKarr Sampson (11 points) each scored in double figures.
Playing without dynamic scorer Vander Blue (illness), the D-Fenders showcased a balanced offense early in the game, with seven L.A. players scoring in the opening quarter. After the first frame ended with a 27-27 tie, the D-Fenders went 5-of-10 from three-point range in the second quarter, spurring a 15-point advantage in the frame. Behind four first-half three-pointers from Ingram, the D-Fenders led at halftime, 61-46.
The Energy enjoyed a slight advantage in the third quarter behind 11 points from Martin, but the D-Fenders took an 11-point lead into the final period at 82-71. Iowa pulled to within two points in the closing minutes of the fourth frame but never took control of the lead. The Energy run once again came behind the stellar scoring of Martin, who notched 10 points in the final 12 minutes of play.
Overall, the D-Fenders shot 46.4 percent from the field, while combining for a 14-of-34 (.412) mark from long range. The Energy converted on 41.5 percent of their shots and owned a slight 50-45 advantage in rebounds. Each team recorded 20 assists.
Los Angeles will be back on the court against the Energy at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12, at the Wells Fargo Arena.