NEWARK, DE – February 5, 2016 – The Delaware 87ers were defeated at home by the Maine Red Claws, 147-133 at the Bob Carpenter Center on Friday night.
Russ Smith poured in a game-high 39 points for Delaware (17-15) on 12-of-21 from the field and 13-of-14 from the free throw line, in addition to seven assists and five rebounds. Sean Kilpatrick in his first game back from a ten day contact with the Denver Nuggets put up 31 points while shooting 10-of-22 from the field, and Christian Wood came off the bench to notch a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double for Delaware.
Maine (16-13) shot 19-of-35 from beyond the arc (54 percent) on their way to a franchise-high 147 points, led by 30 points and 13 rebounds from Malcolm Miller. All 10 Red Claws hit a three-pointer, Corey Walden came off the bench to record 19 points and seven assists, while Davion Berry hit 8-of-11 shots on his way to a 19-point outing.
The Red Claws hit 10-of-16 three-pointers in the first quarter alone on their way to a 46-30 lead after one. Smith and Wood combined to score 24 points in the second quarter for Delaware, but Maine’s 35-point effort in the period gave them an 81-61 halftime lead.
Delaware came out of the break and hit 15-of-16 free throws in the third, but the 87ers still trailed 114-102 at the end of three. The 87ers couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch to close the gap, despite 11 fourth-quarter points from Smith.
Delaware’s next game will be on the road on Tuesday, February 9, at the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Maine will return home tomorrow and host the Westchester Knicks at 7 p.m. ET.
About the Delaware 87ers
The Delaware 87ers of the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) were relocated to America’s first state in 2013 and named to commemorate the year in which Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, 1787. The Sevens are the NBADL affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and are owned by the Sixers. The 87ers play at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 26 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.