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14ers Defeat D-Fenders

January 26, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Los Angeles D-Fenders News Release

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League could not hang onto a first half lead this afternoon at STAPLES Center, dropping their fourth consecutive contest in this series to the Colorado 14ers 103-95.

Los Angeles held a strong 14 point lead early in the second half, but the lead continued to disappear as the half went on. Behind the outstanding play of Colorado guard Von Wafer, the 14ers captured the lead by the middle of the fourth.

Wafer led Colorado with 27 points on 9-15 shooting. He connected on 4 of his 5 shots from beyond the arc and added 5 assists. Of Von Wafer's 27 points, 21 came in the second half.

"No one played a very good first half, but Von led us in the second half and had an outstanding game," said Colorado Head Coach Joe Wolf.

Los Angeles displayed a balanced scoring attack with 5 players in double-figures. Guard Andre Emmett came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 5 rebounds. D-Fenders forward Sean Banks added 17 points to go along with his game high 8 assists.

"We didn't play together in the second half," Banks said. "We weren't looking for each other as much as we did in the first half."

Colorado took advantage of the D-Fenders lackluster play in the fourth quarter to outscore Los Angeles 35-23. 14ers forward Elton Brown led the team with 9 rebounds and shot a solid 8-13 from the field for his 19 points.

"They killed us inside and we came out flat in the second half. Von Wafer hit too many three's and they just wore us down in the fourth quarter," Los Angeles Head Coach Dan Panaggio said.

The D-Fenders have yet to win a game against the 14ers, with the series standing at 0-4. The D-Fenders now sit at 12-12 (.500) overall.

This Sunday, January 28 the D-Fenders and the Bakersfield Jam hit the STAPLES Center hardwood after the Lakers game, with a 4:00pm tip off.

Having a Lakers ticket for this Sunday's game at STAPLES Center is also your ticket for the D-Fenders. Lakers season ticket holders who stay for the D-Fenders home game will receive a special gift, while supplies last, by visiting the Season Ticket Holder Booth on the main concourse at the Figueroa Street Entrance.

On July 31, 2006 the Los Angeles Lakers announced that they had become the first NBA franchise in history to own an NBA Development League team. The Los Angeles D-Fenders play their home games at STAPLES Center pre and post Lakers home games. The Lakers devoted fans were given the opportunity to name the NBA D-League team in an online naming contest.

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