The Texas Legends had a rough December stretch, but it wasn't all that bad. They played great in games and gave it their all to the final buzzer. The Legends had to deal with Jaden Hardy going up and down to the Mavericks and a virus going around the locker room. They will still be going to the G-League Vegas Showcase before the holiday break. Let's take a look back on how the Legends did in early December.
Texas Legends split series with Memphis Hustle
The Texas Legends traveled to Memphis before the beginning of their December schedule for two games with the Memphis Hustle. On the first night, the Legends did very well as they beat the Hustle 139-129. Tyler Dorsey went off and had a career game and scored 39 points. Grant Riller finished in second with 30 points. The Legends could not miss three-pointers in this game and that was the deciding factor.
The Hustle took the Legends to OT the next night and won 120-113. Former Texas Legends guard Dakota Mathias hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds in regulation to send it to OT. Grant Riller finished the game with 32 points for the Legends. Tyler Hall had 19 points and six rebounds. The Legends played great, just couldn't get anything to go in down the stretch in the 4th quarter or in OT.
Birmingham Squadron get the best of the Texas Legends
This was a heartbreaker because I thought that the Legends had the game in the bag. The Squadron was able to get a couple of late three-pointers in the game to win 138-135. Dorsey finished with 47 points and Riller scored 30.
Both teams had 12 points leads in the game and the game was tied at 126 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. The Squadron was able to deliver in the last two minutes and the Legends weren't able to, it happens sometimes. At least the Legends learned a lesson before returning home for the final two home games at the Comerica Center.
Jaden Hardy helps the Legends get past the Austin Spurs 129-121
Jaden Hardy was actually sent down to Frisco for this game by the Mavericks and he made the most of it. Hardy went off for 39 points as the Legends dominated the Austin Spurs 129-121.
The Spurs got out to a 20-8 lead early, but the Legends responded with a 22-2 run to end the first quarter. Tyler Hall joined in on the fun with 23 points off the bench and Tyler Dorsey finished with 21. The Legends responded to "the slap in the face" the Spurs gave them in the first quarter and I was very proud. It shows the Legends won't tolerate getting blown out on their court. Hopefully, they can continue to show that grit and toughness.
Legends can't figure out the Memphis Hustle this season
The Texas Legends just can't seem to figure out the Memphis Hustle this season. They were able to get a win at their place in November but since then the Hustle has had the Legends number. Dorsey, Riller, and Wright all finished with 21 points in the 117-102 loss to the Hustle. The Legends were able to get within striking range of the Hustle at the end of the third quarter but the Hustle finished strong in the fourth quarter. The Legends have got to learn to get out to big leads and hold them. It's going to be a very long Spring if they can't figure it out.
Legends lose again in the fourth quarter against the Magic 112-105
Just like I mentioned above, the fourth quarter has not been kind to the Legends this fall. The Magic had a 21-6 run in the fourth quarter and that's all she wrote for the Legends as they los 112-105 to the Lakeland Magic and brought their overall record to 7-9 this fall. The Legends had a 64-57 lead at halftime and just couldn't hold on to it in the second half. Hall led with 24 points for the Legends and Dorsey was right behind him with 21.
The Texas Legends kick off the Las Vegas Showcase on Dec. 20 against the Raptors 905 before facing the Long Island Nets on Dec. 22. The showcase brings members from all 30 teams together for a cannot miss event, so stay tuned for more.