Tony Mitchell scored 26 points in his return to lead the Mad Ants past the Delaware 87ers 128-111 at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.
Sadiel Rojas had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Fort Wayne.
The Mad Ants led by as many as 39 points over the league-worst 87ers (11-33), who got 34 points from Tiny Gallon.
The Mad Ants (27-15), who are atop the East Division and have the second best record in the D-League behind Rio Grande Valley (28-13), have won six of their last seven and 10 of their last 12.
Whereas the Mad Ants, who are in their seventh season, have made the playoffs only once before, they have positioned themselves as a top title contender with nine games remaining in the regular season.
The Mad Ants opened the game by scoring 20 of the first 24 points; they made 7 of their first 11 shots, including 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, and Rojas led the early surge with seven points in those first 5 minutes.
The 87ers got back into it, but back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner by Rojas put the Mad Ants up 28-15 with 4:25 remaining in the first quarter.
After playing his first three NBA games, and making 3 of 5 shots there with the Milwaukee Bucks, Mitchell was back with the Mad Ants. The D-League's reigning Rookie of the Year hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 46-25 lead with 9:59 remaining in the second quarter.
In a play that summed up the game, Fort Wayne's Ron Howard stole the ball at center court, drove for a successful layup and got the foul for a 63-33 lead with 5:32 remaining in the second quarter.