The London Lightning aimed to prove they were the best offensive team in the National Basketball League of Canada.
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The scorching Bolts dropped 71 first-half points and torched the Five 120-104 Monday at Sudbury Community Arena. It was the regular-season champs’ 19th win in 23 games and planted a seed in the Five’s mind if the teams should meet in the championship series down the road.
London clinched the season series with its fourth win in five meetings and avenged a loss from its previous visit April 14.
The Lightning shot a stunning 60.9 per cent from the floor with 53 buckets on 87 attempts.
TOP DOGS: Jordan Burns erupted for 34 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 7-of-11 from three-point land. He went 5-for-5 in the second quarter with a trio of triples to spark a ridiculous 14-of-21 team run from the field in the period. Big man Amir Williams scored an efficient 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting while Braylon Rayson led Sudbury with 28 points.
FROM THE PINE: The Bolts have rebuilt their bench in time for the playoffs. Cameron Forte, in just his third game in nearly a month, scored 26 points on just 17 shots in 25 minutes. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. Jordan Jensen-Whyte, back from an injured knee, scored 11 on 5-of-7 shooting The bench scoring wasn’t even close with London holding a 41-16 edge.
SWEET-O STAT: The points in the paint battle was mind-boggling. London won it 84-34 and that opened up the long shot for Burns, in particular. The Lightning have struggled from downtown this season but they knocked down 9-of-24 while Sudbury chucked up 45 threes, hitting on only 11 of them.
UP NEXT: The Lightning aim for a perfect 12-0 home record in their season finale against Sudbury Thursday at Budweiser Gardens. Tip-off is 7 p.m.