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D-Fenders defend home court to erase 19-point deficit against Spurs

The Austin Spurs couldn’t fend off a 19-point comeback by the Los Angeles D-Fenders (27-8) Sunday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif.

Vander Blue hit a 27-foot three-pointer with two seconds remaining on the clock to complete the comeback and give the D-Fenders a 121-118 victory.

Blue was the hero for the D-Fenders, but Josh Maggett’s game-high 26 points and a career-high 11 rebounds that fueled Los Angeles’ offense.

Julian Jacobs had a career-high 25 points while Josh Harper added 24 to go with three rebounds and three assists. Harper made 10 of 12 shots from the free-throw line. Blue finished with 15 points.

Despite its best performance of the season from behind the three-point line, the Austin Spurs couldn’t hold off a furious D-Fenders offense.

The Spurs (15-19) connected on 10 of 16 tries from behind the three-point arch in the first half and finished the night making 17 of 26.

Patricio Garino led the Spurs with 19 points while Hollis Thompson was one rebound short of a double double. Thompson scored 16 points to go with nine boards. Jeff Ledbetter contributed 16 points.

The D-Fenders put together a 16-3 run in the final six minutes to tie the game at 111.

The Austin Spurs are off until Feb. 23 when they return to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park to face the Sioux Falls Skyforce to begin a five-game homestand.

The Spurs will host a military appreciation game on Sunday, Feb. 26 when they take on the Iowa Energy. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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