Jamaal Franklin had 23 points – he made 8 of 12 shots – and had a game-best 15 rebounds in the Mad Ants' 122-111 victory at Delaware on Friday night.
He made 8 of 12 shots in front of 1,840 fans at the Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, Del., as the Mad Ants won for the fifth time in their last six games.
They complete the home-and-home series with the 87ers on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum, when Fort Wayne will try to win for the 10th time in 12 games.
And they should have even more help, as Tony Mitchell was released by the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and is returning to Fort Wayne.
The D-League's reigning Rookie of the Year, Mitchell made 3 of 5 shots for six points in his first three NBA games.
Matt Bouldin had 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Mad Ants (26-15), while teammates Trey McKinney-Jones and Will Frisby each had 18 points.
Fort Wayne out-rebounded Delaware 50-33, getting 10 from Sadiel Rojas and eight from McKinney-Jones.
Delaware (11-32) was paced by Josh Akognon, who had a season-best 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting, along with six rebounds. Thanasis Antetokounmpo added 20 points, but the 87ers coughed up a nine-point lead.