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Legends Prevail In Double Overtime Thriller

March 2, 2011 - NBA G League (G League)
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Cedar Park, TX (March 2, 2011) - Justin Dentmon hit a driving lay up as time expired in the second overtime to propel the Texas Legends to a 138-136 victory over the Austin Toros on Wednesday night at the Cedar Park Center.

With the game tied at 136 and 2.8 seconds remaining the double overtime, Dentmon took the inbound at the top of the key. He drove to the hoop, tossed the ball up and it fell through the cylinder as the buzzer sounded sending the Legends to the win.

After a slow start (neither team scored in the first two minutes of the game), the Legends and Toros exchanged the lead nine times and were tied six times in the first quarter.

Austin dominated the second quarter, going on a 27-8 run and taking a 15-point lead just over six minutes into the period. However, the Legends outscored the Toros 20-14 to finish the half and go into the break trailing 68-59.

Texas' Joe Alexander and Sean Williams poured in ten points each in the first half, while Moses Ehambe dropped in 20 points (six three-pointers) off the bench for the Toros in the opening half.

The Legends turned the tables in the third quarter. With Austin leading 78-71 four minutes into the third, Texas outscored the Toros 25-16 to end the quarter with a two-point lead, 96-94, going into the fourth quarter.

The two teams fighting for the final playoff spot fought back-and-forth in the final quarter. With the game knotted up at 123, the Legends had the ball on the final possession of regulation.

Justin Dentmon missed a jumper from the free throw line, but he got his own rebound and dished it to Antonio Daniels. The veteran guard had an open shot from the left baseline for the win, but his shot fell short sending the game to overtime.

After Carldell Johnson nailed a three-pointer with 38.9 seconds to go in the extra session, Alexander answered with a spinning lay up to tie it up at 129. He drew the foul as well, but with a chance to give the Legends the lead his free throw rimmed out.

Austin had a chance to win the game in the first OT, but Johnson's driving lay up fell short and for the first time in franchise history Texas went into double overtime.

Down by two, Daniels redeemed himself from the late fourth quarter miss, by knocking down a three-pointer with 40.9 seconds left to give the Legends a one-point lead. On the defensive end Williams came up huge by drawing a charge and giving Texas the basketball back.

After Alexander hit two free throws to extend the Legends lead to three, Leo Lyons was fouled while shooting from beyond the arc and rattled home all three free throws to tie the game back up at 136. Then came the heroics of Dentmon sending Texas to the victory.

Alexander led seven double-digit scorers for Texas with a season-high 34 points, while Williams (22 points, 12 rebounds), Daniels (23 points, 11 assists) and Matt Rogers (10 points, 11 rebounds) completed double-doubles.

Ehambe scored a season-high 37 points (9-11 three-pointers), as Lyons added a season-high 34 points.

Texas netted a franchise-high 138 points, while dropping in a franchise-best 53 field goals as a team.

The Legends improved to 18-21 on the year, as the Toros fell to 15-22.

The win pulled Texas even with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the eighth and final playoff spot in the 2011 NBA D-League playoff race.

Texas will look to complete the sweep of Austin in the second of back-to-back games against the Austin Toros tomorrow night in Cedar Park. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.

Great tickets for all Legends home games are still available by calling (214) 469-0822 or emailing the team at [email protected].

TEXAS LEGENDS UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Thursday, March 3 @ Austin 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 9 vs. Sioux Falls 7:00 p.m.; Friday, March 11 vs. Austin 7:00 p.m.

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