BOISE — Why D-Fend when you can score?
Manny Harris tallied 49 points on 18-of-26 shooting, and the Los Angeles D-Fenders shot nearly 53 percent from the field in a 133-124 victory over the balanced Idaho Stampede on Friday at CenturyLink Arena.
The Stampede scored 40 first-quarter points, but trailed 71-70 at halftime and 100-98 after three quarters. Los Angeles pushed the lead to 12 with about 6 minutes left, and Idahos closest deficit afterward was six after a layup from Kevin Murphy provided Idahos final points with 59.2 seconds left.
Pierre Jackson led Idaho with 28 points, and three others had at least 20 Richard Howell (24 points, 12 rebounds), Murphy (21) and Dee Bost (20). Dallas Lauderdale added 14 rebounds.
The Stampede activated E.J. Singler to their 10-man roster Friday. The rookie scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes, and the Stampede outscored the D-Fenders by 24 when he was on the floor.
Coming Sunday: Jackson is taking the D-League by storm in his first year out of Baylor (via the College of Southern Idaho). Read Brian Murphys column on the electrifying rookie.