NFL, NBA, NHL stats

Legends Eclipse Wolves in Late-Game Thriller

January 21, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Texas Legends News Release

FRISCO, TX - The Texas Legends (10-20) were able to connect in the final seconds to overshadow the Iowa Wolves (9-21) 119-118.

The Wolves got off to a hot start knocking down 50% and 46% outside in the first to build a double-digit gap minutes in. Texas turned the tables in the second, nearly doubling the visitors' points 37-19 behind a hot streak from Xavier Johnson. Johnson opened the quarter with the first points for Texas and went 6-of-6 for 12 points and 4 boards. With Johnson's 100%, Texas went up to 64% in the second, holding Iowa to 29% and taking the lead midway through to go into halftime ahead 63-54.

The Legends maintained control through the third, using a 22-point combined effort from Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Gary Trent Jr. to take their largest lead of the night (+19). Facing a double-digit deficit in the final 12 minutes, the Wolves came out firing, with Jonathan Stark leading the charge. Stark hit 3-of-5 outside and finished 8-of-11 for 20 of Iowa's 37 fourth quarter points. With less than two to play, the visitors jumped ahead, but a pair of free throws from Justin Dentmon and a final fadeaway from Rathan-Mayes would seal the victory in front of a sold-out home crowd.

Dentmon led all scorers with 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Ray Spalding added a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks, and Rathan-Mayes neared a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Trent Jr., in his first game on assignment from the Portland Trail Blazers, added 24 points, 4 rebounds, and Johnson finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and a game-high 4 steals.

Darius Johnson-Odom also neared a triple-double for the Wolves with 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, while Jonathan Stark came off the bench to match the team-high 26 points while adding 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Brandon Goodwin grabbed a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds.

The Legends will continue their three-game home stretch Wednesday against the Austin Spurs (14-15) at 7pm CT. For tickets or information call 214-469-0822 or visit

• Discuss this story on the NBA G League message board...

NBA G League Stories from January 21, 2019

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.

Other Recent Texas Legends Stories

Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew