On kids day in Austin, the Texas Legends (14-17) built up a 28-point lead against the San Antonio-affiliated Spurs (15-17) just to see it all come crashing down in the second half. The Legends lead 67-48 at the half but left a small window of hope available to the Spurs, who capitalized on it in the second half. The home team outscored the visiting Legends 67-42 in the second half.
As most games do, this one ultimately came down to the final minutes. The fourth quarter was a seesaw affair and the Spurs came away with better possessions than Texas and thus the game.
The 28-point lead came in the second quarter but was quickly bit into before being completely swallowed by the opening moments of the final period. Last Wednesday versus the L.A. Defenders, Texas had constructed a 22-point lead in the second quarter. When halftime came around their advantage was just nine points.
The Legends have built up and lost multiple double-digit leads recently, including the recent home win against Santa Cruz. Leads in basketball are fickle, but 28 points is not something Coach MacKinnon will be okay squandering. Or 22. Or less.
Losing this game also backpedals the Legends behind the Spurs in the standings. The Western Conference playoff picture is wide open, especially for the fourth and final seed. Texas is currently 3.5 games back of the fourth spot, trailing the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (18-14). A win today would have cut the deficit to 2.5 games.
Texas was lead in scoring by Andre Dawkins. Dawkins came out hot with 14 first quarter points. He finished the night with 26 points (10-19 FG, 6-13 3PT) in a game-high 40 minutes. Manny Harris added 21.
Bryson Fonville came off the bench to score a season-high 19 points (previous high: 14) on 9-of-14 shooting in 26 minutes, posting a plus-10 plus-minus. J.J. Avila and Keith Hornsby also supplied a plus-17 and plus-16 off the bench, respectively. Big man Jameel Warney posted his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds (five offensive).
The in-state, Southwest Division rival Spurs now lead the season series two games to one after capturing the last two. The Texas clubs will meet one more time this season in Frisco on Saturday, March 25th.
The Legends will return home for a Saturday night matchup against the Iowa Energy, D-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. The following game will be on the road before Texas returns to Dr. Pepper Arena for a season-long eight game homestand.