The Grand Rapids Drive welcomed former Detroit Pistons Bad Boy Dennis Rodman to the DeltaPlex on Thursday night and put on a defensive effort to beat the Lakeland Magic, 90-80, to end their 8-game losing streak.

Zeke Upshaw’s 25 points off the bench and Luis Montero‘s 11 points and 16 reboundsled the Drive, who move to 5-8 on the season.

Grand Rapids led by five at the half, pushed the lead to double digits in the third quarter and held on for the victory. The Drive defense gave up a season-low 80 points to the Magic.

Derek Willis finished with 15 points and Kenneth “Speedy” Smith added 14 points and nine assists in a rare start.

Dwight Buycks was a DNP (Coaches Decision). Drive assistant coach Ryan Kruger led the team while head coach Robert Werdann is on a three-game leave for personal reasons.

After winning their first four games of the season, the Drive had fallen on hard times and faced defeat seven consecutive times, including Tuesday’s 106-86 loss to the Long Island Nets.

The Nets’ Milton Doyle scored 32 points off the bench and hit 7-of-10 three-pointers.

Landry Nnoko finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Drive. Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

 

 

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