Earlier today, the Sixers NBA Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, welcomed the Austin Toros to town. Delaware entered the day at just 5-21 on the season but were winners of two of their last three contests. Austin has struggled as well this season, entering the game with a record of 10-12.
In a game that was a lot less competitive than the score indicates, the Sevens came out on top. After opening up a lead as bit as 27 points in the second half, Delaware limped through the finish line, more than likely due to the fact that the game was fully in control. Regardless, a win is a win.
Tiny Gallon continued to produce for the 87ers in their inagural season, netting 22 points and hauling in 6 rebounds. In addition, Gallon swiped two steals and blocked two shots on the defensive end. Lorenzo Brown finished with 12 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds in his return to the D-League. Today marked the beginning of Brown’s fourth stint with the Sevens this season.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo had a quiet night for his standards. Thanasis attempted just three shots, totaling 5 points to go with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. His struggles didn’t end there however. Antetokounmpo managed to commit three turnovers by his lonesome.
For Austin, there was no questioning who the best player on the floor was. Former NBA All-Star Josh Howard scored 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting, grabbed 12 boards, and handed out 2 assists.
Delaware dominated in every facet of the game. The Sevens shot the ball better, outrebounded, and committed less turnovers than the Toros this afternoon. Additionally, the defense showed vast improvement from the beginning of the season, and even held Josh Howard, Flip Murray, and Myck Kabongo all under 50% from the field.