Jeffers leads NBDL team past Kings
LAS VEGAS -- Othyus Jeffers led the way for the NBA D-League Select, the NBA Development League's entry into The 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports, to a 105-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Select team improves to 2-0 at the desert classic.
Trey Johnson scored 20 points, all in the second half, for NBA D-League Select as they erased a 7-point halftime deficit, outscoring Sacramento 31-14 in the final frame. They finished the game on a 19-4 run en route to the 16-point victory.
"This experience has been great," said Johnson of the Select Team's time in Las Vegas. "We have a great group of guys who want to play and want to win first and foremost -- we all know winning's more important than anything and I think that says volumes about how good ... we are."
Jason Thompson led all players with 31 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. Wesley Matthews and Jon Brockman also chipped in for the Kings with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The NBA D-League Select squad shot 71.4 percent from the field in the first quarter as they battled back from an early 9-2 hole to take a 27-26 lead to end the period. Gary Forbes and Jasper Johnson netted seven and six points, respectively for NBA D-League. Thompson scored 11 points for Sacramento in the period.
Thompson continued his strong play in the second quarter as he scored another nine points to total 20 in the first half. Marcus Landry came off the bench for the Kings, going 3-3 from the field to score eight points. Jeffers finished with a team-high 13 points for the NBA D-League Select team in the quarter, but Sacramento pulled away towards the end of the quarter to take a 53-46 lead into halftime.
The teams battled in the third, with neither team leading by more than four points. At the end of three, the NBA D-League was down one, 75-74.