Several key injuries had the NBA G League Ignite searching for answers on offense after en route to being held to a season-low in scoring. It also served as the team’s largest loss of the season.
The lack of offensive firepower resulted in a, 116-82, loss to the Austin Spurs Friday, Feb. 10 from the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. This game served as the second portion of back-to-back games against the Spurs for the Ignite.
Austin’s win kept the Ignite from winning back-to-back games for the first time since the first couple of days into the year. In fact, the Ignite have only won back-to-back games twice this season.
Now, the Ignite are halfway through their season-long six-game road trip with another game in Texas on the horizon. The Ignite will now shift their attention to the Texas Legends ahead of a Saturday, Feb. 11 from the Comerica Center.
This year’s NBA developmental team is now 4-3 on the road this season. Overall, the team is 7-10 this year.
While the Ignite had their worst offensive performance from the field, the Spurs turned in an explosive shooting outing on the other end.
Austin erupted for 63 points in the first half, building a lead as large as 16 points. That lead would balloon to 25 points coming out of halftime and eventually swelled to 34 points.
By the end of the game, the Spurs shot 50% from the field and compounded matters from three-point range with another 50% finish from downtown.
While trying to battle back into the game, the Ignite had to do so without six key contributors not including center Efe Abogidi, who is done for the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Projected No. 2 overall draft pick Scoot Henderson missed this one with a concussion. In addition to Henderson, the team was without John Jenkins (not with team), Sidy Cissoko (Health and Safety Protocols), Eric Mika (ankle) and Marcus Graves (calf).
Forward Leonard Miller led the team offensively with 16 points on 6-of-11 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds. Miller has now recorded seven double-doubles on the year.
Guard London Johnson added 13 points from his starting point guard role including a two-hand poster over two Austin defenders early in the first quarter.
Guard Cameron Young scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half before ending the night with a 5-for-17 shooting line from the floor. Fellow guard Mojave King racked up 10 points but was limited to 3-for-14 shooting.
As a team, the Ignite shot 37% from the field and 21% from beyond the arc.