A season-long five consecutive games at home ended Wednesday night with a convincing win for the Texas Legends. The Legends (14-24) used a 42-27 third quarter advantage to take down the South Bay Lakers (14-23) 122-105.
Daryl Macon, recently named to the All-NBA G League Mid-Season Western Conference Team, led the way for the victors with 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds. He had three 3’s and went 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Keith Hornsby entered play with a league-best 51 percent 3-point conversion rate. That elite number got even higher after a 5-for-8 performance from deep, which led to a 22-point effort.
Hornsby and Macon both had three steals, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes added a pair.
“I was just trying to fit in at first. Being able to be a point guard and also play off the ball.” Rathan-Mayes also added 12 points, five assists and five rebounds. “Whatever I can do is what I’m going to do every single night.”
The 24-year old has quickly become one of the Legends’ top contributors. He’s played at least 32 minutes in 11 straight games.
“I just kind of feel the game out at the beginning. Coach has done a great job of trusting me with play calls and being able to get out of sets and go with what’s working. We can get out in transition and get guys going. We got a lot of guys that can score and it’s my job to try and get them shots.”
Rathan-Mayes also hit six free throws, as did Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has come on as of late. Antetokounmpo the Younger had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. He’s having his best scoring stretch of the year, averaging 17 points per game in his last four contests. He also has three double-doubles in that span.
Donte Ingram drew the start and had a new season-high 13 points. Vander Blue came off the bench to score 11, rounding out six double-figure scorers for Texas.
Roster movement has been aplenty for the Legends this season and they integrated another new face in the win. DeAndre Daniels made his debut, scoring nine points and posting two blocks.
In his sixth game with the team, 7-footer Asauhn Dixon-Tatum chipped in six points with three rebounds.
The Legends have an unusually long layoff until their next game, as they won’t take the floor until next Wednesday, February 20, in Iowa against the Wolves (14-24) at 7 PM CT.
Rathan-Mayes says the time off comes at a good time for Texas.
“I think this week off is going to be good for us. The last two weeks we’ve had a lot of games. We’ll come back and get right back to what we’ve been doing. Hopefully we can get a string of wins and get into the playoffs.”
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