OKC's Balanced Scoring Leads to 121-109 Win
OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 28, 2014 - The Oklahoma City Blue used a balanced attack to defeat the Los Angeles D-Fenders, 121-109, on Friday at the Cox Convention Center.
Six Blue players scored 12 or more points, including a team-high 22 points by Marquis Teague to go with five assists, two rebounds and four steals. Michael Jenkins recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Mario Little scored 15 points. Talib Zanna collected his fourth-straight double-double with a 16 points and 11 boards, shooting 8-of-11 from the field.
Off the bench, Richard Solomon tallied 15 points and pulled down nine boards while Semaj Christon posted 12 points and seven assists.
"I thought our ball movement has been really good the past two games," said Blue Head Coach Mark Daigneault. "That's something we've really emphasized these past two weeks and it showed tonight. Those guys are doing a good job of sharing the ball. When you share it, everybody is going to get opportunities and it's a collective effort to do that." After a back-and-forth opening frame, the D-Fenders built a nine-point lead early in the second quarter. The Blue fought back to tie the game at 45 and keep the game close before heading into halftime down 61-59.
Oklahoma City broke the game open with a 19-4 run in the third quarter and took a 99-83 lead into the fourth. Los Angeles narrowed the Blue's lead to six with six minutes remaining, but Oklahoma City fended off the D-Fenders with a late 13-5 run to clinch the win.
The Blue (2-2) controlled the paint throughout the night, outrebounding the D-Fenders 51-49 and outscoring them 68-48 in the paint. Oklahoma City secured 18 offensive boards that led to 26 second-chance points.
Los Angeles (1-7) was led by Jabari Brown with 24 points and six rebounds.
Oklahoma City is back in action with back-to-back home games on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. against the Austin Spurs and Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. against the Bakersfield Jam. For ticket information, visit OklahomaCityBlue.com.
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