It took some sifting through a lot of box scores, but I can confirm that Ron Howard's 36 points tonight was a career best for him in the D-League.
The Mad Ants defeated Iowa 130-116 tonight at Memorial Coliseum.
"I'm just glad we got the win. We needed that," said Howard, who was 11 of 15 from the field and 14 of 15 from the free-throw line. "We gave the last two games away, we feel like, after putting ourselves in good positions to win. To beat a team like Iowa, that's a good thing for us."
The Mad Ants (7-7) coughed up a 16-point first-quarter lead, trailed by five in the third quarter, then took it to the Energy (10-5) at in the fourth.
Peyton Siva, who is on assignment from the NBA's Detroit Pistons, had 27 points, 10 assists and eight steals. The Indiana Pacers' Solomon Hill, who returns to the NBA today, had 15 points. The Pistons' Tony Mitchell had 14 points and nine rebounds. And Trey McKinney-Jones also had 14.
"It feels good, man," said Howard, whose previous high of 33 came in his rookie season of 2007-08. "We were flying down the court. It feels good when you've got Peyton flying down the court making shots, Trey making shots, Tony and Solomon doing it too, it makes it easier for us all. It opens the floor up and the other team doesn't know what to do. It makes the game so much easier for us."