Blue Defeat Stars
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, fell 112-100 to the Oklahoma City Blue tonight at Bruin Arena.
The Stars were led by Willie Reed, who recorded his sixth 20/10 game of the season (11th double-double) with team-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Reed, who leads the NBA G League in field goal percentage (.680), shot 9-of-11 (.818) from the field in 33 minutes of play. Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh totaled 14 points, four assists and three steals, while New Orleans Pelicans two-way player Trevon Bluiett scored 16 points and dished out three assists. Jairus Lyles scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists in his sixth start of the season.
The Blue were led by Richard Solomon, who tallied his ninth double-double of the season with game-highs of 22 points and 11 boards. Oklahoma City Thunder two-way player Deonte Burton scored 19 points and collected six rebounds (all defensive), while K.J. McDaniels tallied 18 points and eight rebounds. Abdul Gaddy, who is tied for first in the NBA G League in assists per game (8.0), dished out a game-high 10 assists to go with four points.
There were 15 lead changes in the first half, with the Blue taking a four-point lead (57-53) into intermission. The Blue led by two points (73-71) with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter and extended their advantage to double-digits with a 10-0 run (83-71). Oklahoma City owned an 11-point advantage at the end of the third period (86-75), but the Stars cut into the Blue's lead with a 15-7 spurt to open the fourth quarter, trailing by three points (93-90) with 6:21 remaining. The Blue used a 17-3 run to push the lead back to double-digits (110-93) with 1:34 remaining and held on to get the 12-point win.
The Stars held the advantage over the Blue in steals (11-9), turnovers (14-19) and free throw percentage (.800-.750). Oklahoma City led the Stars in points in the paint (62-46), rebounds (45-33) and field goal shooting percentage (.538-.443).
Salt Lake City will continue its season-long four-game homestand on Monday, Jan. 14, against the Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks affiliate) at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bruin Arena. The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live, which can be accessed via the Salt Lake City Stars Facebook page. Tickets for all Stars home games are available at slcstars.com.
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