The Red Claws (4-2) got their first home win tonight with a 116-113 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The win, coupled with a Springfield loss tonight, moves the Red Claws into first place in the East Division.
Tonight was "Patriots Night." As part of the promotion, former New England Patriots fullback Patrick Pass was there to sign autographs before the game and the Patriots mascot Pat Patriot was also at the game.
Shelvin Mack had 26 points, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the Red Claws. Kris Joseph, who was sent back to the Red Claws from the Celtics today finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block. Celtics training camp invitee, Micah Downs, had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks in the win. Celtics rookie Fab Melo missed the game due to a strained quadriceps suffered Thursday in Erie. His status is day-to-day. ...
Former Celtic JaJuan Johnson, who was traded to the Rockets for Courtney Lee and then cut from the team was the #1 pick in the D-League draft and started for the Mad Ants. He finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal.
The Red Claws are 2-0 against Fort Wayne this season. The Red Claws and
Mad Ants will meet again next Friday in Fort Wayne, the first of five
more meetings this season. The Red Claws will be back in action tomorrow night
against the Canton Charge in the Portland Expo Building at 5 p.m..