Herd's Three-Game Winning Streak Ends in Double Overtime Thriller
CANTON, OH - The Wisconsin Herd (31-10), the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 108-106 double overtime loss to the Canton Charge (28-13) on Wednesday afternoon inside Canton Memorial Civic Center.
Wisconsin was shorthanded and the team played Wednesday's game without the services of Frank Mason III and Cameron Reynolds. D.J. Wilson, who was on his third assignment of the season, led all Herd scorers and tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Jaylen Adams collected his fourth double-double of the 2019-20 campaign and notched 19 points, season-high 12 assists and two steals, while D.J. Hogg recorded 19 points and seven rebounds in his 15th start of the season. Jemerrio Jones registered 18 points and 16 rebounds, which served as his 18 double-double and 10th game with 15 or more boards. Brandon Randolph scored in double figures for the second time this year and pitched in with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in his first career start.
Levi Randolph led all players and scored a game-high 22 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists. Sheldon Mac posted 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Alan Herndon had 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and five made threes. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman totaled had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists and Sir'Dominic Pointer pitched in with a stat line of 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and four blocks.
Canton began the game by scoring the first five points of the contest on consecutive baskets. The Herd tied the game at five and took an 8-5 lead as Wilson totaled the first three field goals for Wisconsin. The Herd's marginal lead didn't last long as the Charge jumped back in front and collected its first double-digit lead on the heels of the three straight three-pointers. The nine unanswered points gave Canton a 13-point advantage and it forced a Wisconsin timeout at the 5:26 mark. The Charge extended its lead to 20 and ultimately led by 21, which served as the largest of the game for the either team. In the first period, Canton shot 60% from the field, made eight of its 13 three-point attempts and scored 41 points. The 41 points served as the most the Herd have surrendered in any first quarter this season. Conversely, Wisconsin shot just 36% overall, and as a result, the Herd trailed by 19 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.
In a contrast of quarters, the second period was vastly different than the first. Canton tallied the first points of the second quarter and matched its largest lead of the game. The Herd, however, responded in kind and rattled off 10 straight points. Hogg scored eight of the 10 points and Wisconsin subsequently trimmed a 43-22 deficit down to 11. Minutes later, the Herd pulled to within six, but with 65 seconds remaining in the half, Canton reupped its advantage to double figures. In the second quarter, Wisconsin shot 2-of-14 from three but held the Charge to 17 total points on 29% shooting. Hogg and Adams efforted the comeback as the duo combined to score 15 of the Herd's 25 points in the frame. To cap the stanza, Jones scored on a layup, but Canton maintained a double-digit advantage and led 58-47 at the intermission.
The Charge opened the second half by scoring the first five points of the third quarter. The mini 5-0 spurt extended Canton's lead to 16, which gave the Charge some breathing room. With just over seven and a half minutes remaining in the frame, Wisconsin sliced eight points of the 16-point deficit and made it a 66-58 contest on a free throw by Adams. The Herd dwindled its deficit to as few as seven, but Canton scored 12 of the next 16 points and reopened a 15-point lead. In similar fashion to the second period, Wisconsin posted the final points of the quarter as Adams scored on a sweeping hook shot. The Herd shot 42% in the period, but after being outscored by one, Wisconsin trailed 83-71 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The start of the fourth quarter belonged to the Herd as the team scored the period's first five points. Wisconsin inched further and made it a two-possession game as Wilson and Jones connected on back-to-back to lay ups. With just over six minutes left to play in the game, the Herd charged back in front as Wilson knocked in back-to-back threes, which were his fourth and fifth makes of the game. The two-point Wisconsin lead was its first since the score read 11-10 at the eight-minute mark of the first quarter. The two teams exchanged blows down the stretch as the final stanza featured two ties and seven lead changes. The final bucket of regulation came inside the two-minute mark when Matt Mooney hit a step back jumper with 1:52 on the clock. The Herd and Charge missed its final eight shots in regulation, which sent the game into overtime tied at 102.
In the first overtime period, Jones opened the scoring by collecting his ninth field goal of the game. With 22 seconds left, Canton tied the game at 104 on a lay in by Herndon. The two squads combined to score four total points, which forced the game into a second overtime. Herndon opened the second OT with a 23-foot three-pointer, and the Charge forged ahead 107-104. Wisconsin made it a one-point game on a driving layup by Adams, but the Herd never tied or took the league. With 1.4 seconds left in the double overtime, Wilson attempted to tie the game at 108 on a mid-range jumper, but after rolling around the rim, the shot didn't fall. For the second time this season, Wisconsin and Canton went into double overtime, but the Charge escaped the season series finale, 108-106.
The two teams split the season series with each squad going 1-1 on its home floor. With the loss, the Herd are now 7-5 all-time against Canton. Wisconsin's divisional lead over the Charge drops to three games, but the Herd still own a two-game lead over the Maine Red Claws for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
After splitting its two-game road swing, Wisconsin will return home on Friday to host a back-to-back. The Herd will take on the Westchester Knicks on Friday night and the Capital City Go-Go on Saturday, March 7. Tip-off against the Knicks on March 6 is set for 7PM CT inside Menominee Nation Arena.
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