Kevin Murphy’s 21 points off the bench weren’t enough on Sunday afternoon as the Maine Red Claws defeated the Grand Rapids Drive Sunday at the Portland Expo, 116-93 behind strong performances form Abdel Nader, Damion Lee and Jalen Jones.
The Red Claws (4-1) scored the first four points of the game before the Drive responded with 10 straight points and would lead at the quarter break, 30-23.
Nader and Jones hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Red Claws the lead starting the second and continued with steady pressure and annoyance on their home court. Drive coach Rex Walters picked up a technical foul which started an 8-0 run during the period, giving Maine a 62-57 lead at the half.
The former Louisville standout Lee sparked his hot shooting after the half, knocking down back-to-back three’s and extending the lead to ten at 73-63. After winning the third quarter by a margin of 31-22, the Red Claws held a 94-78 lead heading in to the fourth.
Finishing off the game, Maine outscored GR 22-15 in the fourth and handed the Drive their first loss of the young season.
Zeke Upshaw and Jordan Crawford each scored 14 points for the Drive and Ray McCallum added 12 of his own.
Maine shot 50% from the field (41-82), including 40% (16-40) from behind the 3-point arc.