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Cam Payne Campaigns in the Capital

March 4, 2020 - NBA G League (G League) - Texas Legends News Release

AUSTIN, TX, (Mar. 3, 2020) - The Texas Legends (23-18) used another 30+ point performance from Cameron Payne to help lead the team to a barnstorming victory over the Austin Spurs (22-17) 124-119.

Payne opened the game with a long jumper for Texas to take the first lead and set the tone for an 18-point quarter from the defending G League Player of the Week. Dakota Mathias, who finished 6-of-8 outside started his counting early with a follow-up to Payne's. Texas was hitting 67% outside and used a Josh Perkins three to take a double-digit lead (+11) with just under three minutes in the quarter, but Austin finished on a 10-3 run to the buzzer to make it a four-point game going into the second. The home team's rally continued as they took over the second quarter, building their largest lead of the night (+10) with eight unanswered points mid-way through. Texas fought to come within one, but Kenny Williams had the final word at the half to put the Spurs up 55-52 heading into the locker room.

The home team held on to a close lead through the first minutes of the third before the Texas threes started raining again. With five triples in four minutes, Texas regained the lead and built a nine-point gap, then knocked down three more in under a minute to make it a 13-point game. Jaylen Hoard grabbed the first points of the fourth to give the Legends their largest lead of the night (+15) seconds in. Austin closed in quickly and pulled within one near the three-minute mark, but Payne put up seven straight points to close the polls and give Texas the victory.

Payne finished 16-of-26 and 5-of-9 outside for a game-high 38 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Mathias added 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Antonius Cleveland tagged on 14 points, 4 rebounds, and Josh Perkins added 12 points, 4 rebounds off the bench. Josh Reaves put up 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Chad Brown grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds, 2 blocks.

Chimezie Metu led the Spurs with 36 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Dedric Lawson hit 5-of-7 outside to add 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Galen Robinson Jr. posted 20 points, 5 rebounds, and a game-high 7 assists, and Kenny Williams and Jordan Green added 14 and 12 points respectively.

Texas heads to Ontario next to take on the Agua Caliente Clippers in a two-game stand Friday at 9pm CT and Sunday at 5pm CT. Fans can catch all the action live on

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