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In just his third game back from a month-long absence with an ankle injury, former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth returned to form as he put up one of his best games of the season as the Texas Legends beat up the Iowa Energy 148-105 in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday night.

Collinsworth finished with nine points on 3 for 7 shooting from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. He also added a game-high 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.

He got first basket of the night in the second quarter when he put the ball on the floor and got to the paint for a tough floater. He followed that up just seconds later with a nifty assist as he threw a behind-the-back pass to a wide open Warney for a free-throw line jumper. He got back on the board minutes later when he attacked the basket and finished in traffic for his second field goal. His last basket of the night came on a lay up after he grabbed an offensive board.

He had plenty of help as five Legends’ players scored in double figures led by Andre Dawkins who totaled 37 points on 12 for 17 shooting from beyond the arc in 24 minutes off the bench. Jameel Warney also reached the 30-point mark on 12 for 18 shooting from the floor and 6 for 6 from the foul line.

Texas also got double-doubles out of Pierre Jackson who put up 19 points and 11 assists while Stephane Lasme chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards.

JarellĀ Martin paced the Energy in the loss with 25 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes before fouling out. Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round pick Wade Baldwin IV also had a solid statistical night as he recorded 22 points on 4 for 5 shooting from 3-point range to go long with six assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

For the season, Collinsworth has played in 32 games where he is averaging 6.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting from the floor while adding 7.5 rebounds (2.9 on the offensive end), 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 28 minutes. Those numbers are good enough to place him at No. 9 in the league in steals, No. 10 in offensive rebounds, No. 20 in assists and No. 23 in rebounds.

 

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Kyle Collinsworth had one of his best games of the season in the Texas Legends’ 116-114 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Wednesday night.

He played an elite floor game as he missed a triple-double by just one point. He finished the night with nine points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He added three steals and a block while not registering a turnover in 35 minutes.

His nine points came on 3 for 7 shooting from the floor, including a miss on his only 3-point attempt. He also connected on 3 of 4 shots from the free-throw line.

One of his three made baskets from the floor came in highlight fashion as he exploded in the lane for a huge left-hand jam.

C.J. Williams and AJ Hammons both had big scoring nights on the other end of Collinsworth passes.

Williams totaled 24 points on 8 for 12 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 9 from 3-point range while Hammons added 22 points and eight rebounds.

Former NBA guard Ben Gordon also had a solid night for the Legends with 22 points on 10 for 19 shooting from the floor.

David Nwaba and Vander Blue did most the damage on the offensive end for the D-Fenders in the win.

Nwaba registered 27 points on 11 for 17 shooting while grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. Blue added 27 points of his own on the strength of a 4 for 8 shooting performance from 3-point range.

On the season, Collinsworth is averaging 6.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 7.6 rebounds (2.9 on the offensive end), 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals in 29.3 minutes.

 

It hasn’t been a banner year in the NBA for the players with local ties. Only six players are on active rosters with only two players (Damian Lillard and Justin Hamilton) playing consistent minutes.

While players have struggled to find minutes on NBA rosters, there has been plenty of success at the D-League level, including monster recent performances from Kyle Collinsworth and Joel Bolomboy.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders


Foster saw his first action in more than a month in a 122-118 win over the Canton Charge. In the victory, he finished with two points on 50 percent shooting with two rebounds and a block in 10 minutes.

On the season, he has appeared in eight games and is averaging 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

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