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Adreian Payne makes D-League debut in Mad Ants loss

Adriean Payne finished with seven points and seven rebounds in his NBA D-League debut for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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Adreian Payne made his D-League debut for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Friday in the first of what is expected to be a two-game assignment for the Hawks' rookie. The Mad Ants fell to the Erie Bayhawks by a score of 94-85 and dropped to 0-3 on the season.

Payne predictably was a bit rusty after having not played in a real game in nearly a month. In 29 minutes, he finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two assists. He struggled with his shooting finishing 2-10 from the field, 0-3 from three-point range and 3-6 from the free throw line.


Payne looked a bit anxious with the ball especially early on. He appeared to be a bit winded during a stretch of the first half but settled down in the second. He still was unable to find a rhythm with his jump shot.

Seth Curry led all scorers with 24 points while Peyton Siva added a double-double 15 points and 11 assists. Andre Emmett led the Mad Ants with 20 points while Myck Kabongo added 19.

If you missed it, here is the game in its entirety: