On Thursday night at the Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Legends (9-6) defeated the Utah Jazz affiliated Stars (3-13), 114-90. Texas got up early, outscoring the Stars 32-17 in the first quarter to set the pace. They led by 27 at the half, 63-36 and carried a 33 point lead into the fourth quarter.
Manny Harris was the team and the game’s leading scorer at 29 points. He knocked in 11-of-14 free throws, had 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Pierre Jackson added 22 points and 7 rebounds with 5 assists. He and Quincy Acy had 3 steals. Acy also put up 15 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a block.
Jackson (29.9) and Harris (25.5) remain the league’s one and two scorers.
Jameel Warney had another double-digit scoring affair. He finished the game with 14 points while notching 6 rebounds. Warney says the offense will be there for this team and it’s the defense which helped them pull ahead in this game.
“It’s all about defense, says Warney. “Playing hard. Offensively we’re a talented group of people, we can score whenever. So it’s all about the defensive side of the court first.”
C.J. Williams also had 14 points, rounding out five Legends in double figures. Kyle Collinsworth had 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and a block off the bench. He continues to stuff the stat sheet accordingly. 11 rebounds was a season high and the 6 foot 6 guard is now averaging a hearty 7.5 rebounds a game (3.1 offensive) with 6.3 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks.
“You just gotta respect everybody on the court at all times,” Warney adds. “We have a deep, talented bench, too. It’s not just our starting five. It’s great to know that we can score whenever, we just have to get stops on defense.”
Warney has shared a frontcourt with Quincy Acy for 10 games now to great success. The two have history together, evident in their seamless integration with one another.
“It’s fun. We were with each other all training camp with the Mavs, that was cool. He’s a great guy, he compliments my game, I compliment his game. He’s a tough guy. It’s fun playing with him.”
All five Legends starters scored in double figures, with an accumulative +/- of +137, +27.4 points per player’s time spend on the court.
The Legends will have five days off, including the opportunity to spend the holidays with their families, and get back on the court Wednesday, December 30th in Austin. They will face the Toros, D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, in the second Love Those Legends special event for fans.