Kings Start Fast, Withstand Late Stars Rally
SALT LAKE CITY - The Stockton Kings (6-3) scored 43 points in the first quarter and shot 64.1 percent (25-of-39 FGA, 8-of-16 3PA) in the first half on their way to 123-118 victory over the Salt Lake City Stars (3-6) on Thursday night at Stockton Arena.
After falling behind by 16 following the first quarter, the Stars opened the second quarter on a 13-2 run to cut the Kings lead to 45-40. The Stars outscored the Kings 34-25 in the second frame and trailed 68-61 at the half.
The Kings continued to shoot the ball well in the third, going 7-of-11 from beyond the arch. Meanwhile, the Stars struggled in the period, shooting 36 percent from the field and 1-of-6 from downtown.
Just as the Kings looked to be on their way to a convincing win, the Stars went on a furious 24-7 rally, capped by a Carsen Edwards three-pointer. Edwards' three gave him 29 of his game-high 31 points and cut the Kings lead to 112-110 with two minutes left to play.
Following a timeout, Emmanuel Terry cut through the lane and finished with a ferocious play at the rim. The strong move caused the Kings bench to erupt and ensured the Kings fourth consecutive victory.
Edwards' 31 points led the way for the Stars and marked the third time in the last four games the guard has scored 30 or more points.
Derrick Alston Jr. added 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Jared Wilson-Frame and MaCio Teague each added 17 points for Salt Lake City.
D.J. Stewart paced the Kings with 24 points and 10 assists. Ade Murkey and Marcus Graves joined Terry with 21 points, while Terry added eight rebounds and four assists to his stat line as well.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Stars as they fly back to Salt Lake City to host the Oklahoma City Blue tomorrow night at Vivint Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Stars and Blue game at Vivint Arena can be purchased at SLCStars.com or by phone (via call or text) at (801) 325-STAR (7827). The game will stream on NBAGLeague.com and can be heard locally on 1280 AM/97.5 The Zone.
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