Record Shooting Powers Stars to Victory
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, defeated the Westchester Knicks 124-113 at Bruin Arena tonight. The Stars connected on 75 percent from three-point range (21-of-28 3FG), which is an NBA G League record for highest three-point field goal percentage in a game (minimum 25 3FGA), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Stars (13-11) handed out 36 assists, which ties a Salt Lake City Era record (since 2016-17), on 46 made field goals. Seven players scored in double figures for Salt Lake City, led by Willie Reed, who recorded his second-straight 20/10 game (seventh of the season) with 22 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-17 (.529) from the field. Isaiah Cousins finished with 22 points, his third 20-point effort of the season, to go with a game-high nine assists, and Trey Lewis led the Stars' reserves with an NBA G League career-high 22 points on 7-of-9 (.778) from the field. New Orleans Pelicans two-way player Trevon Bluiett scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a season-high six assists, while Jairus Lyles scored 16 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range in his seventh start of the season. Isaac Haas recorded NBA G League career-highs with 12 points in 20 minutes on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor.
Kadeem Allen, who signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks earlier today, led Westchester (16-11) with 22 points to go along with seven boards and two steals. Jameel Warney scored 22 points in his second game with Westchester, while Zak Irvin finished with 14 points and a team-high eight boards. Stephen Zimmerman logged eight points and seven rebounds, and Sekou Wiggs scored 14 points and recorded two steals off the bench.
The Stars earned their second wire-to-wire victory of the season, tallying their fourth 40-point frame of the 2018-19 campaign with 41 points in the second quarter en route to a 71-point first half on 85.7 percent shooting from three-point range (12-of-14 3FG). Salt Lake City led by as many as 34 points (89-55) following a Shonn Miller three-pointer with 6:45 remaining in the third period, but the Knicks cut the gap to eight (111-103) with 3:12 remaining in the game. The Stars used a 7-0 run to extend their lead back to double-digits (118-103) and earn the 12-point victory. The Stars' NBA G League record of 75 percent from three-point range (min. 25 3FGA) eclipses the previous record of 74.2 percent from deep (23-of-31 3FG) by Sioux Falls at Texas on 12/20/14, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Stars owned the advantage over the Knicks in assists (36-19), blocks (5-2), three-pointers made (21-7) and fast break points (20-10). Westchester held the edge in free throws made (30-11), steals (9-4) and points in the paint (54-40), while each team collected 45 rebounds.
Salt Lake City will conclude its season-long four-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 16, against the Stockton Kings (Sacramento Kings affiliate) at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bruin Arena. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive Salt Lake City Stars socks, courtesy of Zions Bank, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Tickets for all Stars home games are available at slcstars.com.
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