Jaden Hardy explodes as Texas Legends have up and down Thanksgiving week homestand

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The Texas Legends had a unique schedule on the week of Thanksgiving that featured two back-to-back series. On Monday and Tuesday, they took on the Orlando Magic affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, before facing the defending G League champions the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who are the Houston Rockets affiliate, on Friday and Saturday. There's a lot to unpack from last week so let's get to it. 

Tyler Dorsey goes for season-high in Texas Legends victory over Magic

This game was basically called the Tyler Dorsey clinic cause no one could stop him. He finished with 41 points in a 141-113 blowout of the Lakeland Magic. The Magic's coach tried everything to slow him down, but nothing worked.

Jaden Hardy finished behind Dorsey with 25 points and McKinley Wright IV produced another double-double with 17 points and 14 assists. The Lakeland Magic had seven players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough to get past the Legends.

Texas Legends erases 21-point deficit in 4th quarter in 122-120 win

This was the game of the season so far for the Texas Legends by a mile. When you are down 21 points midway through the fourth quarter, it is not normal to come back and win. Legends guards Hardy and Wright showed it was possible in the 122-120 victory.

Hardy led the Legends with 35 points in the victory over the Magic. Wright was right behind him with 32 points. Josh Nzeakor came off the bench and had 14 points and four rebounds. This was a huge victory and a confidence booster for the Legends. They showed the fans who left in the fourth quarter to never leave a basketball game early.

Texas Legends come back down to earth in loss to Vipers

This was an early series on the schedule that I was dreading. Not because it was the day after Thanksgiving, but because they are the defending G League champs. They showed why on Nov. 25 as they defeated the Legends 133-106.

The Viper's lengthy guards made it difficult for Jaden Hardy to drive to the basket, and it forced him to change up his offensive strategy a tad. The 20-year-old rookie still scored 25 points with Wright IV chipping in 19.

Vipers guard TyTy Washington, who I believe should be with the Rockets right now, led the team with 31 points. Cassius Stanley finished with 20 points. The Legends just aren't up to par with the skill level the Vipers have this season.

Vipers floor it out of the gate to defeat the Texas Legends again

Nobody expected the start that the Vipers had on Saturday night. They came out of the gate punching the Legends right in the mouth. They went on a 15-0 run in 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The quick start doomed the Legends as they lost 143-132.

Jaden Hardy finished with 41 points, six assists, and six rebounds. Dorsey produced with 26 points, and Wright finished with 23. Cassius Stanley had a career-high 32 points, while Louis King scored 27.

This game was challenging for the Legends to get back into as the Vipers kept scoring every time the Legends inched closer. Hopefully, the Texas Legends will do better on the road against the Memphis Hustle this week. Jaden Hardy is on fire right now, and Dallas Mavericks fans won't want to miss it, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.

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