Drive Throttled by Charge on the Road
CANTON, OH - The road woes continued for the Drive (9-7) as their road record fell to 3-6 after the Charge (9-4) easily topped them by a final of 126-97 on Friday night. This was Canton's second win over Grand Rapids in as many games this season.
Canton jumped out front early and never looked back, going up by 15 points after the first quarter due in part to 8 turnovers in the first 12 minutes by Grand Rapids. The Charge continued applying pressure and led by as many as 21 in the first half. The Drive were able to trim the deficit to 12 halfway through the third quarter, but untimely turnovers and Canton's ability to knock down contested shots were too much for the road team to overcome in the end.
Free-throws also played a key part in tonight's outcome, especially while factoring in the new G League free-throw rule. The Drive finished just 45% from the charity stripe on 5-11 shooting. The Charge, however, finished an impressive 92% on 12-13 shooting from the stripe.
Donta Hall was one of the few bright spots for the Drive, finishing with 21 points on 10-12 shooting from the floor to go with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Pistons two-way player Louis King also had a solid performance, going for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Khalil Iverson was the third and final player to finish in double figures for the Drive, finishing with 10 points on 5-5 field goals, but went 0-3 from the free-throw line. Pistons rookie Sekou Doumbouya had a slow night while on assignment, going just 3-10 from the floor and 0-3 from deep for 6 points in 22 minutes. Pistons two-way player Jordan Bone left the game in the first half with injury and did not return, finishing with 5 points and 2 assists on just 13 minutes.
It was a different picture for the home team Charge as they got impressive performances from several contributors. The Charge were led by guard Malik Newman, who earned a team-high 21 points (4-9 3PM). Sir'Dominic Pointer followed up with 18 points, shooting 3-4 from the 3-point line. Cavs two-way player Tyler Cook just missed a double-double as he added 17 points and 9 rebounds. Other Charge players in double figures were Marques Bolden (15 points, 7 rebounds & 2 blocks), Sheldon Mack (14 points) and Cavs two-way player Dean Wade (13 points, 7 rebounds & 2 blocks).
The Charge will remain in Canton and return to action tomorrow night to host the Wisconsin Herd at 7 p.m. Grand Rapids will head home as they get ready to host Tacko Fall and the Maine Red Claws Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Highlights:Full Game >>> https://bit.ly/2qPcz8O
Box Score >>> http://on.nba.com/38xFnE1
Donta Hall (21pts, 7reb & 2stl) >>> https://bit.ly/2PGO0Dq
Louis King (16pts & 7reb) >>> https://bit.ly/36ybXDF
Khalil Iverson (10pts, 6reb & 2stl) >>> https://bit.ly/2tjqGnX
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