Murphy's 33 not enough as Drive fall to Spurs

Kevin Murphy tied the team’s season-high with 33 points but the Grand Rapids Drive dropped their third straight game, losing 119-106 to the Austin Spurs on Harry Potter night at the DeltaPlex Arena.

Although the Spurs are the NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, rules allow New Orleans Pelicans’ assignee Chieck Diallo, who scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, to play with Austin. Diallo led the way as seven Spurs (4-2) scored in double figures in the win, including Jarell Eddie (18 points) and Charles Garcia (17).


Rex Walters Grand Rapids Drive
Rex Walters guides the Grand Rapids Drive during their November 25, 2016 game against the Austin Spurs.

A back and forth game saw the Drive (2-3) lead after the first quarter and the Spurs holding a 61-56 lead at halftime. Murphy had 21 points at halftime and continued to play well since returning to Grand Rapids.

The whole Austin team shot well (57%) and did not turn the ball over, committing only seven turnovers against a Beer City lineup that was without Nikola Jovanovic and Pat Forsythe (inactive) and Detroit Pistons’ assignees Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije, who were recalled to the Pistons. After building a six-point lead heading into the final quarter, they held the Drive’s comeback effort at bay. GR gave up over 110 points again, a sign that either the gameplan, ability or effort just isn’t there on the defensive end.

Ray McCallum finished with 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Drive, who next play the Long Island Nets on Sunday, November 27.

The 3-Point Turn:

  1. The Drive made 13-of-27 shots from behind the 3-point arc, a season-best 48%.
  2. GR gave up over 110 points again. Either the gameplan, ability or effort just isn’t there on the defensive end.
  3.  The Drive and the Grand Rapids Griffins are each 2-1 when both play at home in Beer City, USA. The next date is Dec. 2, 2016 when the Drive host Windy City Bulls and the Griffins host the Iowa Wild.