Vipers Hit Franchise-Record-Tying 15 Three-Pointers To Win Fifth Straight Game
HIDALGO, TEXAS - The Rio Grande Valley Vipers hit 15 of their 23 three-point attempts, tying a single-game franchise record, while dishing out a franchise-record 38 assists, to beat the Albuquerque Thunderbirds 135-112 tonight at Dodge Arena.
The Vipers (5-1) are now winners of five-straight, the first time they have ever accomplished that feat in a single-season.
The Vipers jumped out to a 38-27 lead by shooting 75% (15-20) from the field, including four three-pointers by Garrett Temple (23 points) and six baskets by Mike Harris, who finished with a career-high 32 points.
Temple ended up hitting five three-pointers in the first half and seven overall, the second-highest single game total ever by a Viper. Harris hit another basket at the end of the half to give the Vipers a 69-52 lead, tied for the second-highest output the Vipers have ever had in the first half when they scored 69 at Albuquerque on March 20. The Vipers set the record when they scored 74 points against Albuquerque on March 3.
Jonathan Wallace posted his first-career double-double with career-highs in points (19) and assists (11). Antonio Anderson also picked up his first-career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 assists. Houston Rockets-assignee Joey Dorsey recorded his third double-double, with 18 points and 12 assists.
The Vipers ended up shooting 65.9% from the floor in the win, while the Thunderbirds (2-4) shot 52.6% to keep within striking distance during most of the game. Keith McLeod led the Thunderbirds with 23 points and seven assists while Kevin Pittsnoggle poured in 21 points to go with five rebounds and five assists.
Third-year Viper Stanley Asumnu had a season-high 14 points.
Mickell Gladness played the final 3:50, marking his first action with the Vipers. He finished with four points, one rebound and one block.
The Vipers and Thunderbirds will face-off again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Dodge Arena. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive notepads courtesy of Saenz Pharmacy.
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