Who says the D-League isn't exciting?
In Monday night's game between the Delaware 87ers and Los Angeles D-Fenders, the two teams combined for an epic 291 points. The D-Fenders alone scored 157 points, setting the D-League record for points scored in a regulation game while also making 61 field goals, another league record. The D-Fenders defeated the Sevens 157-134.
From early on, it was clear that this was an offensive battle. After the first quarter, the D-Fenders led 39-36 and the two squads had already tallied 75 points. D-Fenders guard Manny Harris had 15 quick points, but he was just getting started.
Harris, 24, finished with a game-high 38 points on 13-of-24 shooting, sinking five three-pointers and also contributing five assists and four rebounds. The former Michigan Wolverine star has been playing top-notch basketball since returning to the D-Fenders after the Los Angeles Lakers opted to not re-sign him after two 10-day contracts. He dropped a franchise-record 56 points on February 8 in the team's win over the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Despite another impressive game from Harris, the Sevens received 35 points from Tiny Gallon while Vander Blue and Bo Spencer finished with 28 and 22 points, respectively.
Blue's performance comes just 24 hours after the 21-year-old dropped a career-high 47 points in Sunday night's matchup against the Bakersfield Jam. Most recently, the guard was part of the Boston Celtics on a 10-day contract.
Yet, Blue isn't the only Sevens star to come into his own as of late. On February 22 in a win over the Erie BayHawks, Bo Spencer took over. The guard exploded for 43 points while dishing out eleven assists and adding six steals. Spencer, 24, was selected No. 13 overall by the Canton Charge in last fall's draft.
The historic matchup is one to remembered not only for the record-breaking numbers, but for the individual performances and promising potential it shows. These players have great opportunities in front of them, and it may only be a matter of time before they find themselves back in the NBA.