Warriors set record, take Game 1 of D-League semifinals

Warriors set record, take Game 1 of D-League semifinals
April 18, 2014, 9:15 am
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Seth Curry finished with 22 points, five assists, and three steals in win over the Vipers Thursday. (SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS)

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SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Warriors earned a wire-to-wire victory Thursday night, defeating the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 135-104 in Game 1 of the NBA D-League Semifinals.

Santa Cruz was paced by Cameron Jones, who scored 24 points. Ognjen Kuzmic, currently on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, scored 23 points and grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds, while Lance Goulbourne had 14 points, 16 boards and eight assists. Seth Curry scored 22 points, and Stefhon Hannah chipped in with 15.

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Rio Grande Valley was led by Isaiah Canaan, currently on assignment from the Houston Rockets, who scored a game-high 25 points. Darius Morris scored 16 points and dished out eight assists, while Robert Covington, also on assignment from Houston, scored nine points.

The Warriors began the game on a 6-0 run and never looked back, building a 20-point lead in the first quarter. Santa Cruz scored an all-time postseason record 73 first half points, and the Warriors extended their lead to 35 late in the fourth quarter on the way to securing the 31-point victory.

Rio Grande Valley was held to its lowest scoring output this season. The Warriors held the edge on field goal percentage (52.0%-42.7%), rebounds (59-41), assists (31-21), steals (14-8) and blocks (9-2), while committing fewer turnovers (15-19). The Vipers had more second chance points (21-20) and each team scored 56 points in the paint.

The Santa Cruz Warriors travel to Hidalgo, Texas, for Game 2 of the three-game series, which tips off on Saturday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific. 

Courtesy NBA D-Legaue media services

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