CANTON, Ohio — The Maine Red Claws lost a 29-point lead but still held on to beat Canton Saturday night, 106-99 in an NBA D-League game.
It is Maine’s first win of the season (1-1) and the Claws of Portland can thank the Boston Celtics assignees.
Guard Terry Rozier led Maine with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Rozier was making his Red Claws debut, assigned by the Celtics earlier in the day. Jordan Mickey’s strong first half helped him to a near triple-double. He finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. James Young added 14 points on 5 of 16 shooting.
The Red Claws took command in the first quarter, pounding the Charge 34-16 in the opening stanza. Mickey and Rozier set the pace early, and did not let up in the second period. Maine extended to a 29-point lead over Canton, taking a 60-42 lead into the break. Mickey had 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting and 10 boards in the first half.
The Charge came roaring back in the third. Canton went on a 22-3 run to take the lead at 64-63. Corey Walden helped weather the storm — a couple of quick buckets gave the Claws the lead again. Maine held an 82-80 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The game was tied at 92-92 with 4:00 to go. From there, the Red Claws finished on a 14-7 run as Mickey and Young made back-to-back three pointers to seal the deal.
Levi Randolph finished with 15 points for the Red Claws. Joe Harris, on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers, led all scorers with 31 points — the most ever by a Charge player against the Red Claws.
The Red Claws next travel to Canada on Thursday for their first game against the NBA D-League’s newest affiliate, Raptors 905. Maine then heads home for its home opener on Friday in Portland against Raptors 905.