Triplets Top The Trilogy
Al Jefferson and the Triplets came out victorious in their second game of the season Sunday in Charlotte at another old NBA home to Big Al, the Spectrum Center.
Big Al scored 14 points and grabbed five boards as the Triplets defeated the Trilogy 51-41. Through the first two weeks of the BIG3 season, the Triplets find themselves atop the standings alongside five other teams still without a tally in the loss column.
With back-to-back double-digit scoring performances, Al’s transtion to the BIG3 league has been seamless, and he says it’s because this half court style of basketball is familiar to him.
“I love this type of play, like I said earlier, it’s kind of like the way the game was my first 10 years,” Jefferson said.
After falling behind early, the Triplets closed out the first half on a 19-8 run. The run was started and finished by Jefferson. Down four early, Jefferson scored down low on consecutive possessions off assists from Joe Johnson and Jannero Pargo respectively. Al then closed out the run as he nailed a turnaround elbow jumper to put the Triplets up 25-18 at the half.
The Trilogy pulled within two points late in the second half after Carlos Arroyo hit a step back jumper, but Big Al sparked the Triplets second big run of the game, this one bringing them all the way to victory. The 10-2 run started when Pargo and Jefferson used the pick and roll to get Al an open layup inside.
With the Triplets now up 4, the Trilogy got the ball back and Sam Young tried to work down low on Big Al. Al knocked the ball out of Young’s hands right to “Iso” Joe Johnson, who put it up and in to extend the Triplets lead.
Iso Joe then carried them the rest of the way. He hit a four pointer for 49 and grabbed an air ball and put it back in to bring the team to 51 and the victory.
Next weekend, Big Al and the Triplets battle the Bivouac in Atlanta. The Bivouac, led by Josh Smith and Anthony Morrow, have split their first two games of the season. Tip-off is at 1:00 p.m. ET in Atlanta at State Farm Arena.