Mason, Mathias Make a Splash in OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Dakota Mathias and Nate Mason combined for 57 points Sunday night as the Texas Legends (7-5) rolled past the Oklahoma City Blue (4-6) 128-115.
Mathias grabbed the first basket for Texas to go up 2-0 but DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell responded with a three to set the back-and-forth in motion. The two exchanged leads four times with Texas taking over at the two-minute mark. The home team finished the quarter with back-to-back baskets to cut a five-point deficit and end the first down 21-22. The Blue tied it up early in the second and regained the lead with a Deonte Burton dunk two minutes in, but Texas answered on the other end with a three-point play from Trahson Burrell to get back on top. Burrell started a 15-2 run for Texas who would end the half with a three-point dagger from Mathias to go up 62-46.
Texas held a double-digit edge through the entire second half despite being outscored by Oklahoma City 69-66. The Legends went up 27 midway through the fourth for their largest lead of the night but the Blue fought to the final buzzer, making a 21-7 run in the final six minutes.
Seven Legends finished with double digits, led by Mathias with 30 points, hitting 5-of-7 from outside while grabbing 7 rebounds. Mason followed with 27 points and a team-high 8 assists. Burrell came off the bench for his second double-double of the season adding 13 points and 12 rebounds while Moses Brown put up 17 points, 8 rebounds, and a block. Josh Reaves stuffed the sheet with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a game-high 6 steals. Antonius Cleveland and Brandon Fields came out with 10 points apiece with Cleveland adding 4 rebounds and Fields contributing 5 assists and 3 steals.
Akoon-Purcell tied the game-high with 30 points, 6 assists while Thunder assignee Deonte Burton added 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Justin Patton grabbed 10 rebounds and a game-high 4 blocks while Abdul Gaddy led all with 12 assists.
The Legends travel to Northern Arizona next to take on the Suns Tuesday at 7:30pm. Fans can catch the game live on ESPN+. Texas will then return home for a back-to-back, hosting the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Friday and the Memphis Hustle Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7:30pm; for tickets or information call 214-469-0822 or visit www.TexLegends.com.
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