“Turn this damn car around.”
Monday night in Delaware, the Grand Rapids Drive (13-16) found a way to get back on the winning road. Seven Drive players scored in double-digits, led by Jordan Crawford’s 19 off the bench, as Grand Rapids caught fire from behind the 3-point arc in a 116-105 win over the Delaware 87ers (15-13).
Grand Rapids set a new season-high from deep, shooting 53 percent on three-pointers (18-of-34). Kevin Murphy and Ramon Harris each hit four three-pointers off the bench and Crawford and Gbinije also hit three three-pointers each. In a game that saw 24 lead changes and 13 ties, the Drive pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sevens 33-21.
With all three Detroit Pistons’ assignees (Henry Ellenson, Darrun Hilliard and Michael Gbinije) still with the NBA Development League squad, the whole team looked more familiar with each other on the court. Ellenson, coming off a huge effort against the Westchester Knicks, scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Hilliard scored 18 points and Gbinije added 13 of his own while leading the team in +/- (+19).
Ray McCallum continued his attempts to get the next NBA Call-Up, recording 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the game.
Shawn Long, who was the dominant force on the floor all night for the Sevens, scored 31 points with 13 rebounds and five blocks. Dionte Christmas added 19 points and James Webb III had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Drive return home to the DeltaPlex on Wednesday to take on the Westchester Knicks.