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NBA D-League Eastern Conference Finals: Jordan Crawford Leads Mad Ants to Game One Win

NBA vet Jordan Crawford scored 27 points to lead the Mad Ants to a game one victory in the D-League Eastern Conference Finals.

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Over the course of four seasons in the NBA, Jordan Crawford drove team fan bases crazy with his streaky shooting. Of course, there are other players like him; J.R. Smith, Nate Robinson, even Jamal Crawford, to an extent.

The (younger) Crawford is among those ride or die type players; talented scorers, who although they can plague a team with relative cold streaks, can still uplift a team in a hurry when they catch hot.

Despite owning a 12.2 point average through 257 games in The Association, Crawford failed to catch on with an NBA team prior to the start of this season. Instead, he flocked overseas to play in China. Having recently returned stateside to strut his stuff again, the guard caught on with the Mad Ants, and undoubtedly provided the defending champions with the necessary boost to propel themselves into the playoffs.

As each and every game begins, there's a wonder as to whether Crawford will heat up or ice over. But as fate would have it, he's been able to fill it up in the minor league. Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals proved to be more of the same, lucky enough for Fort Wayne.

The veteran led the Mad Ants to an 105-91 victory over the Canton Charge, adding 27 points of his own. The streaky shooting was still present (Crawford only converted one shot out of seven from downtown), but powered through, getting to the basket and beating defenders off the dribble to finish 12 of 24 from the field overall. Take a look below for some of his highlights.

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Needless to say, the Mad Ants can only hope there's plenty of enough fuel left in the Crawford train to help them ride back into the NBADL Finals yet again.