FORT WAYNE, Indiana — C.J. Fair and Shayne Whittington each recorded double-doubles to power the Fort Wayne Mad Ants by the Maine Red Claws 116-111 in NBA D-League action Saturday night.
Fair finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds while Whittington contributed 26 points and 13 rebounds.
The Red Claws were led by Coty Clarke with 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Andre Stringer added a season-high 19 points, and Levi Randolph provided 17 points off the bench.
The Red Claws started the game slowly. Fort Wayne scored the first eight points of the game, before Maine came roaring back, taking a 34-26 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Clarke took over, leading the Claws and helping Maine surge to a 64-58 halftime lead.
The Mad Ants started to take over the game in the third quarter, outscoring Maine 28-21. Fair hit a bucket to cut the Claws’ lead to three but Anthony Harris hit a driving layup to give the Mad Ants an 86-85 lead going into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, Fort Wayne went on an 8-0 run to take a nine-point lead. Davion Berry scored six straight points for Maine to try to keep the team in the game.
Fair hit a tough shot to put the game away, similar to the game-winner he hit at the Portland Expo in their last meeting, on Jan. 23. Omari Johnson and Stringer hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to three, but the Red Claws ran out of time.