PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Red Claws struggled to score in the second half and suffered a 96-83 loss to the Canton Charge in an NBA D-League game at the Portland Expo.
Canton (11-11) has now won six straight games, while Maine (12-10) has dropped three straight.
Terry Rozier, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, scored 17 points and added 7 assists. R.J. Hunter, also on assignment, scored 9 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Maine and Canton were tied at 33 after 12 minutes. In the second period, Malcolm Miller (16 points) continued his hot shooting, finishing 5 for 7 from the floor in the first half including three 3-pointers.
Maine shot 51 percent in the first half, and took a 59-56 lead into the break.
The teams struggled to score in the third quarter and the game entered the final stanza tied at 74.
Maine’s shooting woes continued in the fourth quarter and Cook drained a long 3with 7:52 remaining to extend the Canton lead to 10. The Charge would lead by as many as 14, before the Claws made a late rally.
Omari Johnson nailed a 3 to cut the deficit to 90-83, but the Claws would get no closer. Maine only mustered 9 points in the fourth quarter and 24 points in the second half, both franchise record lows.
The Red Claws shot 34.8% (31-89) from the floor and 23.1% (9-39) from downtown.
Canton (11-11) was led by Quinn Cook with 32 points.