The Legends second game at home this season didn’t turn out as well as the home opener did as Texas fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors 128-115.
The game was a battle back and forth throughout the first half but the Warriors took control in the second half.
Taking a five point lead into halftime, Santa Cruz never gave up the lead again as the Legends couldn’t get over the hump. The Legends committed several lazy turnovers in the fourth which the Warriors capitalized on.
Member of the Golden State Warriors championship team in 2017, Damian Jones was a problem for the Legends inside, as he scored 22 points on 10-11 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Former Mavericks 10-day contract signee Quinn Cook led the way as the Warriors floor general with 24 points and nine assists. Swiss-Army knife Georges Niang filled the stat sheet with 20-5-5.
Starting in Donald Sloan’s absence, Keith Hornsby continued to strive as he scored a career-high 26 points.
“Nothing out of the ordinary,” Hornsby explained. “I just got the ball in good position to score. Not just that but I created well for myself and didn’t force much. Just all about capitalizing on the chances you get.”
Justin Dentmon poured in 25 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out seven dimes. Johnathan Motley continued his punishment from the block with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Following the game, Dentmon spoke on focusing on being a facilitator with Donald Sloan absent with Team USA, “Yes, I try but we still miss Donald because he’s a second ball-handler in the backcourt with me and it takes pressure off me, but it’s nothing I haven’t seen before.”
The Legends have a few days off for Thanksgiving before the South Bay Lakers come to town on Friday.