The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, returned home to the DeltaPlex on Friday night and ended their three-game losing streak with a 112-99 victory over the Greensboro Swarm, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets.
Kevin Murphy led the way with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists and was named the WJRW Player of the Game.
Greensboro started the game with three consecutive 3-pointers, but it was the Drive who took over midway through the first quarter and found themselves with a 30-18 lead at the quarter break. The Drive would push the lead to 18 points before the Swarm worked their way back in to the mix behind the current NBADL Player of the Week, Xavier Munford, former Kentucky star Aaron Harrison and Archie Goodwin.
But coach Rex Walters’ team was not to be denied tonight. Ray McCallum kept the stats guys busy with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks while committing only one turnover on the night. Jordan Crawford and Ramon Harris came off the bench to help GR pull away from the Swarm. Crawford finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Harris scored 13 of his own, including a couple deep 3’s.
Terrence Jennings scored a personal-high 10 points for the Drive and Chris Horton had the best game of his D-League career with 20 points and 7 rebounds.. 12-19 fts, 53-46 rebounds loss, only 6 turnovers. 15 for Greensboro.
Harrison and Munford led Greensboro with 21 points each, former Phoenix Suns guard Goodwin added 14 points and four rebounds. Perry Ellis (Kansas) came off the bench, scoring 13 points and pulling down 8 boards.
The Drive will return to the DeltaPlex next Wednesday, January 4 at 7pm to host the Westchester Knicks before they take off on a West Coast trip that will include games at the NBA D-League Showcase in Santa Cruz, CA. Before they find their way back to GR on February 1, 2017 when the Knicks visit again, the Drive will also head to the East Coast for games at Westchester and Delaware in late January.