D-Fenders Beat Springfield 97-82

January 9, 2012

Brandon Costner, the reigning NBA Development League Player of the Month, put on an offensive clinic, scoring 29 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc, as the LA D-Fenders defeated Springfield, 97-82 in the second game of the 2012 NBA D-League Showcase.

“I was able to get into a pretty good rhythm early, and my teammates continued to find me in the right spots,” said Costner, who ranks second in the NBA D-League in scoring (24.4 ppg). “I tried to exploit mismatches and be aggressive, and when they started doubling, I started kicking it out and making the right basketball play.”

Costner, who went undrafted out of North Carolina State in 2009, spent last season with the Utah Flash, averaging 15.5 points and 5.9 rebounds.

Behind Costner’s hot shooting, the D-Fenders shot 52 percent for the game. Elijah Millsap, a training camp invitee of the L.A. Lakers, added 14 points and nine rebounds.

L.D. Williams and JamesOn Curry each scored 19 points for Springfield (8-9), which shot only 35 percent from the field. Jeff Foote had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles (14-6) returns to action Wednesday against Maine. Springfield takes on Rio Grande Valley Thursday.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald

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