SANTA CRUZ -- Seth Curry's 44 points and the Santa Cruz Warriors' late fourth quarter surge led to the 140-127 victory on Thursday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena in game one of the NBA D-League Quarterfinals.
The Warriors got off to a slow start in the first few minutes of the game after a 13-2 run by the D-Fenders. However, they were able to close the gap to just six points by the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, Los Angeles forced Santa Cruz to commit nine turnovers and took a 12 point lead at the half.
After intermission, the Warriors offense starting firing on all cylinders, shooting 57.7 percent from the field and connecting on six of nine three-point field goals. Santa Cruz closed the gap to just one point at the end of the third period. The fourth quarter is when the Santa Cruz offense surged, outscoring Los Angeles 42-28 which solidified the Warriors win in game one.
Seth Curry totaled 44 points and seven assists to lead the Warriors attack. Cameron Jones (30 points, eight rebounds), Lance Goulbourne (19 points, 18 rebounds), Ognjen Kuzmic (15 points, 10 rebounds), Daniel Nwaelele (10 points, nine rebounds) and Nemanja Nedovic (10 points) also finished in double-digits for Santa Cruz.
The Warriors dominated beyond the arc with 14 three-point field goals and were 56 percent from the field.
Game two of the series is set for Saturday, April 12th at 6:30pm, at Toyota Sports Center, in El Segundo, California.
NBA Development League media services contributed to this article.