Charlie O. Mallonee
The Reno Bighorns finally broke into the win column on Tuesday night when they edged the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks) 110-108. Malachi Richardson hit a jumper with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to break the tie and give the win to the Bighorns (1-4).
The Bighorns held a four-point lead at the end of three quarters. The Reno lead fluctuated between two to six points as the Legends tried to retake the lead. With 7:58 to go in the game, Texas grabbed that lead and built it up to five points only to have the Bighorns comeback and tie things up with 4:31 to go.
The teams tied the game up three times in the final four minutes. The final tie coming with 16.7-seconds to play when the Legends Bryson Fonville banked in a three-foot jump shot to make it a 108-108 game.
Reno’s Lamar Patterson made a bad pass that was stolen by Fonville. Isaiah Cousins was able to steal the ball back for the Bighorns who called a timeout with 3.8-seconds left in the game and Reno trailing by two points.
The inbound pass went to Malachi Richardson who immediately put up a 21-foot jump shot that went through the hoop with 1-tenth of second remaining in the game which did not leave enough time for the Legends to make a basket.
The Bighorns won the game 110-108.
- Guard Lamar Patterson was the leading scorer in the game with 27 points. He went 12-for-14 from the free throw line. Patterson also had five steals.
- Malachi Richardson not only hit the game winning shot – he put up 26 points and was also productive at the charity stripe hitting on 9-of-11 opportunities.
- Skal Labissiere had a big game at center scoring 21 points in 28 minutes on the floor. He shot 9-for-16 in the game and grabbed eight rebounds.
- Isaiah Cousins posted a double-double scoring 16 points and pulling in 10 rebounds.
- Big Georgios Papagiannis – who was sent back to Reno from the Kings – also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Reno’s team numbers
- Shooting 36-for-81 (44.4-percent)
- 3-pointers 6-for-18 (33.3-percent)
- Free Throws 32-for-38 (84.2-percent)
- 47 rebounds, 16 assists, 11 steals, 3 blocked shots
- 18 turnovers that resulted in 23 Texas points
- Shooting 39-for-87 (44.8-percent)
- 3-pointers 8-for-24 (33.3-percent)
- Free Throws 22-for-28 (78.6-percent)
- 41 rebounds, 22 assists, 10 steals, five blocked shots
- 20 turnovers that turned into 16 Reno points
Everyone in the NBA D-League has Thanksgiving off.
The Bighorns return to play on Friday night in Prescott Valley, Arizona when they visit the Northern Arizona Suns.
The Legends head back to Texas where they will host the Salt Lake City Stars on Saturday night.
The three players on Kings roster are recalled to Sacramento
Malachi Richardson-the fourth highest scorer in the D-League, Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis will enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner in Sacramento. All three players have been recalled by the Kings.
Kings head coach Dave Joerger told reporters last Friday in his pregame press conference to expect the players to go back and forth from Reno to Sacramento frequently. He also said that only two of the roster players will be in Reno a majority of the time in order to increase the number of shot opportunities for the players who are with the Bighorns. The Kings also feel it is good for the rookies to be around and practice with the veterans.
There are no option rules in the NBA like in Major League Baseball so players can move between a NBA roster and a NBA D-League roster whenever the parent club wants them to and as many times as the organization feels is appropriate for the players.
Who’s hot in the D-League?
Two of the Top 25 players who are rated most likely to make it to the NBA are on the Reno Bighorns:
- #7 is Lamar Patterson is averaging 20.6 points and 4.4 assists per game
- #20 is Isaiah Cousins is averaging 12.6 ppg and 3.6 assists per game
Both men are a “Affiliate Players” of the Sacramento Kings assigned to Reno. That means the Kings were able to send Patterson and Cousins to Reno without sending them through the D-League Draft so they can continue to learn the Sacramento style of play. However, both players remain free agents who can sign with any team in the NBA that offers them a contract.
- Former Kings player Ray McCallum is currently ranked as the number two player most likely to be called up to “the Association”. He is playing for the Pistons D-League entry – the Grand Rapids Drive and is averaging 18.0 points to go with 9.3 assists per game.