A match-up between two of the best teams in the Central Division – Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Texas Legends.
The two had already met up three times before last night, with the Legends leading the season series 2-1. But what the Vipers didn’t have last three games was sharpshooter Andrew Goudelock.
It was an unlikely turn of events. Over their last few games, Rockets first round draft pick Terrence Jones had been carrying the Vipers yet against the Legends, he managed to score only two points (0-4 FG, 2-2 FT) in 12 minutes of action. He was benched for the entire second half after his lacklustre start and head coach Nick Nurse decided instead to roll out with a smaller line-up of Goudelock, Harris and Rice.
It worked wonders.
Goudelock single handedly brought the Vipers back into the game as they faced a 19 point deficit in the first quarter and he had a game-high 25 points in the opening 24 minutes. Although he had a very quiet second half (just 4 points), Harris, Rice and Macklin picked up the slack and put the Vipers in a position to win the game in the closing seconds, which is when Goudelock went back to work as he drained a floater with 1.8 seconds remaining to give the Vipers a two point lead.
Goudelock finished the game with 28 points (10-21 FG), 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Goudelock puts the Vipers on his back
The Vipers have now won five in a row and hold a 2.5 game lead over the Legends.