Hot-shooting Bighorns slam the Jam
RENO – Seven double-figure scorers and 44 first-quarter points pushed the Reno Bighorns to a 116-103 victory over the Bakersfield Jam on Friday night in the Reno Events Center.
The Bighorns (16-12) never trailed on the evening, taking an 11-point lead after the first period and a 13-point lead into intermission. Reno kept its foot on the pedal in the second half and put away the Jam (16-11) to snap a four-game losing skid.
“The most important thing was the 32 assists on 46 baskets,” said Bighorns’ head coach Eric Musselman. “Great ball movement, extremely unselfish play tonight.”
Patrick O’Bryant, who Reno acquired in a trade with Bakersfield earlier this season, scored 14 in the opening period on his way to 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field. The former 2006 NBA lottery pick finished with three blocks, three assists and six boards.
Anthony Richardson hit a pair of three pointers and fell just a point shy of his season high with 22 on the night. Marcus Landry notched 20 points, and Jeremy Lin – playing on NBA assignment from the Golden State Warriors – added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Donald Sloan collected the game’s lone double-double with 11 points and a career-high-tying 10 assists.
The Bighorns shot 52.9 percent (46 of 87) from the floor and 40 percent (6 of 15) from beyond the arc Friday.
“I was really impressed that we shot a high percentage from three with a low number of shots,” Musselman said. “We didn’t force up shots, and I thought we did a really good job on the backboards, as well.”