The Sioux Falls Skyforce were crowned the 2016 NBA D-League champions after routing the Los Angeles D-Fenders 91-63 to close out the best-of-3 series Wednesday night.
The Miami Heat's D-League affiliate team had a historic season, winning a record 40 games leading up to the playoffs. Jarnell Stokes, who won the D-League MVP trophy after a stint with the Heat during the regular season, contributed 25 points and 12 rebounds to help secure the title.
According to the Skyforce's report, the team was dominant in their final game as they have been throughout the season.
The Skyforce never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 34 points late in the second half. Defense proved to be the deciding factor, as the Skyforce never allowed Los Angeles to score more than 18 points in each of the four quarters.
Sioux Falls outscored the D-Fenders in points in the paint, second chance points, and fast break points in the contest, and Los Angeles shot just 29.5 percent from the field, making just one of their 20 attempts from behind the three-point line.
DeAndre Liggins recorded Sioux Falls' second double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to highlight a well-balanced Skyforce offense that saw five different players score in double figures.
Head coach Dan Craig, a Heat staffer since 2003 and former assistant coach under Erik Spoelstra, had won Coach of the Year honors in his wildly successful first season with Sioux Falls. This marks the first time the Skyforce have celebrated a title on their home court, having won two CBA titles on the road before joining the D-League for the 2006-07 season.