The Legends came into tonight on a three game winning streak and winners of eight of their last 10 games as the Grand Rapids Drive looked to slow them down. Spoiler alert: the Legends scored 146 points so slowed down? I think not.
The game was dominated by three players for the Legends: Johnathan Motley, Jameel Warney, and NBA veteran Donald Sloan. Sloan was able to dictate the pace of the game as he got his teammates involved offensively.
Sloan dished out some crisp dimes to Motley and Warney left and right while also pulling up for transition three’s like it was clockwork, finishing with 34 points and nine assists on 9-10 shooting from downtown.
The Legends were off to a hot start in the first half, as the Twin Towers of Motley and Warney had their post game on point, giving Texas a 64-54 halftime lead.
Coming out of the locker room in the third quarter, the Legends looked to finish off the Drive and put the petal to the medal. Sloan continued to control the game on the offensive end with his proficient passes and deadeye shooting helping lead the Legends to a blowout 146-114 victory.
“Having our bigs roll, Mot and Warney create so much attention that it wasn’t hard for guys like me, Avila, Bash, and Wade to get going early,” Sloan explained post game about him controlling the pace of the game.
Johnathan Motley and Jameel Warney both continued to put their consistent numbers as Motley scored 26 points and eight boards and Warney put in 23.
“He’s one of the best players in the league right now. That makes my life a lot easier because they put a lot of attention on him so I can pick and choose my spots,” Warney states on playing alongside Motley.
Outside of the Legends big three tonight, Wade Baldwin IV scored 18 points and J.J. Avila added an efficient 17 points off the bench.
NBA veteran Marcus Thornton tried to shoot the Drive back into the game but his 23 points just wasn’t enough. Derek Willis added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Legends will be back on the court tomorrow night as the top ranked team in the Western Conference, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers travel to Frisco.
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