Drive Comeback Falls Short in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The Drive battled the Stars and their own shooting woes Monday night that resulted in a 98-88 defeat to drop them to 8-4 on the season and 3-3 on the road. Grand Rapids shot just 34% (33-98) from the floor and 23% (8-35) from beyond the 3-point line. Unable to surpass 25 points in a single quarter, the Drive still found themselves down just 3 midway through the 4th quarter after starting the final frame on a 15-7 run but could not sustain the run in the final minutes of the game.
Donta Hall added another strong performance on both ends of the court for Grand Rapids, earning his fourth-straight double-double with 15 points,10 rebounds & 2 steals, shooting an efficient 6-7 from the field. Pistons two-way player Jordan Bone also had solid night, finishing with 15 points, 8 assists & 7 rebounds. Other players in double digits for the visiting team were Todd Withers (12 points & 5 rebounds), Dakarai Allen (11 points & 6 rebounds) and Pe'Shon Howard (11 points & 3 rebounds). Khalil Iverson was one point shy of a double-double, adding 9 points & 10 rebounds.
Utah Jazz assignee Juwan Morgan was a bright spot for the Stars, leading the team with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals & 3 blocks. Two-way player Jarrell Brantley followed up with 20 points, 3 rebounds & 2 steals and Kyle Collinsworth contributed 12 points, 5 rebounds & 2 steals. Rodney Pryor was just shy of a double-double, adding 9 points & 9 rebounds on the night.
The Drive were able to capitalize on their stance of having the best offensive rebounding percentage in the league by collecting 21 offensive board compared to the Star's 5. Those additional offensive opportunities were null as Grand Rapids was without two-way player Louis King for the second straight game and without Pistons rookie Sekou Doumbouya as he was recalled to Detroit over the weekend.
The Drive will make their second stop in their two-game west coast road trip and head to Los Angeles to face the South Bay Lakers Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET. The Stars will stay home in Salt Lake City for a matchup against the South Bay Lakers on December 5.
Highlights:Full Game >>> http://bit.ly/2LeIExG
Box Score >>> http://on.nba.com/2DChFb8
Donta Hall (15pts, 10reb & 2stl) >>> http://bit.ly/2Ldct1K
Jordan Bone (15pts, 8ast & 7reb) >>> http://bit.ly/33JWUoJ
Todd Withers (12pts & 5reb) >>> http://bit.ly/2sGrJxR
Dakarai Allen (11pts, 6reb & 2stl) >>> http://bit.ly/33C3kpW
Pe'Shon Howard (11pts & 3reb) >>> http://bit.ly/2YbaGiV
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