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Legends and Vipers split series down behind Justin Jackson's big night

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The Dallas Mavericks G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, had their first true road test of the season, and it was a huge one. They traveled down south near the border to take on the first place Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Vipers were 8-2 coming into the two-game set and had won the first eight games of the season. They have a young team packed with talent that is difficult to stop.

Here is a look at how the Texas Legends performed against the Vipers.

Justin Jackson's 29 points sealed upset over Vipers

Justin Jackson showed that he can still possibly play in the NBA on Monday as he put on a clinic for the fans. Jackson's 29 points and Carlik Jones scored 21 to help the Legends upset the first-place team in their division 129-122.

The Legends went back to the film after getting swept by Spurs at home last weekend and realized they needed to get back to how they play basketball. The Legends constantly attacked the hoop with force, including Feron Hunt consistently getting inside on Monday night.

Mark Cuban is going to look like a genius for signing Justin Jackson and stashing him if he continues this level of play going forward. This was a great victory for this young Legends team as they looked to lock up their spot in the G League Showcase.

Trahe Mitchell and Vipers bite back hard 128-90

This is what I was afraid of going into the game on Wednesday night. They got to see how a first-place team defends their top spot in the division. Trahe Mitchell led the Vipers to beat the Legends 128-90.

The Legends did nothing wrong in this game, but they just ran into a career night from Mitchell. Feron Hunt led the Legends in scoring with 21, and Jackson had 14.

Unfortunately, the Legends didn't secure a spot in the Showcase with the loss. They have two games in Las Vegas this week, but Texas is not part of the eight-team tournament. Fans can watch them face the Knicks on Monday at 1:00 p.m. CT.

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