Austin Spurs Edged by Oklahoma City Blue 95-91
CEDAR PARK, Texas - Keifer Sykes posted 28 points and teammate Youssou Ndoye recorded his fifth double-double contributing 13 points and 11 rebounds, but the Austin Spurs fell to the Oklahoma City Blue 95-91 Friday night at Cedar Park Center.
Oklahoma City took an early lead to start the first quarter, but Austin would fight back going on a 10-2 run making the score 15-11 Austin. They were lead by Sykes with 6-of-10 points. Sykes also led all scorers in the quarter with 14 points. Mitch McGary, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, scored eight points. Austin led 32-28 at the end of the quarter.
Austin maintained the lead in the second outscoring Oklahoma City 21-17. At the half Austin led Oklahoma City 53-45. Austin shot 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the free throw line in the half compared to Oklahoma City's 42.9 percent (3-of-7).
Oklahoma City fought back in the second half using a 7-1 run at the seven-minute mark in the third quarter to cut Austin's lead to two (66-64). Oklahoma City outscored Austin 24-21 led by Dakari Johnson with nine points. Sykes led all Austin scorers with eight points. Oklahoma City collapsed Austin's halftime lead of eight down to five at the end of the third (74-69).
Oklahoma City saw their first lead since the first quarter with eight minutes remaining in the fourth (77-76). Nick Johnson responded to the lead change with a three-point basket of his own to regain the lead for Austin (79-78). Austin and Oklahoma City would exchange baskets making the score 87-86 Austin with five minutes remaining. Jean-Pierre Tokoto regained the lead for Oklahoma City at four minutes, 88-87, and the team edged Austin 95-91.
Dakari Johnson led Oklahoma City in scoring for the night with 17 points and teammates McGary and Tokoto followed with 14 each.
Austin (20-13) and Oklahoma City (12-22) return to Cedar Park Center tomorrow, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. (CST) for Military Appreciation Night presented by Operation Supply Drop and 93.7 KLBJ. For ticket information visit austinspurs.com or call (512) 236-8333.
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