Darius Johnson-Odom, the ex-Laker who joined the Springfield Armor last week, scored 41 points Thursday, including 20 in the fourth quarter, to set a new single-game scoring mark for the Nets D-League affiliate. DJO hadn't played in more than a month after leaving China --and a reported $400,000 contract-- when signed by the Armor. He's now scored 84 points in four games or 21 points per game.
Springfield lost in a shootout with the Iowa Energy. The final score was 143-132. It was the final game of the annual D-League Showcase in Reno. The Armor had lost by 42 to the Reno Bighorns on Wednesday in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams. .
Johnson-Odom shot 13-of-25 from the floor and 13-of-15 from the line trying to lead a Springfield comeback. Down 109-90 at the end of three (the D in D-league stands for development, not defense, in case you were asking), the Armor mounted a comeback led by the 6'3" point guard.
In addition to Johnson-Odom, five other Armor players finished in double figures. Ex-New Jersey Net Dennis Horner had 30, his best game of the year; Adonis Thomas scored 14 on 6-of-11 shooting, including both his three pointers, while. Toko Shengelia, whose record DJO broke, had only 10. Willie Reed go into early foul trouble and didn't score.
Shengelia scored 39 points for the Armor in December 2013.