After trailing at the end of both the first quarter and at the half, the Drive forced their way back into the lead by winning the third quarter 22-16 when they finally got on track from behind the 3-point arc. Grand Rapids, the D-League’s best 3-point shooting team at 38.6%, started the game 0-for-15 from deep.
Playing for the third time without recent NBA Call-Up Ray McCallum, Murphy and Jordan Crawford led the backcourt and Pistons’ assignees Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije continued their travels in between Detroit and Grand Rapids.
Murphy scored a game-high 29 points while pulling down nine rebounds and Crawford added 22 points and six rebounds. Ellenson and Gbinije each scored 15 points as the Drive moved over the .500 mark.
Gabe York (29 points) tied Murphy’s scoring output to lead Erie. Former Drive forward Brendan Dawson (21) and TJ Price (20) each scored at least 20 points for the Bayhawks.
The next game for Grand Rapids is Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1pm when they visit the Maine Red Claws, who have beaten the Drive in each of the first two meetings this season.