Skyforce Defeat Stars
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars dropped their second game of the season tonight, falling 136-122 to the Sioux Falls Skyforce at home at Bruin Arena on the campus of Salt Lake Community College. The Stars' record now stands at 2-2 (.500) on the season.
The Stars (2-2) were led by No. 1 overall draft selection Willie Reed, who recorded his third double-double in four games with 24 points on 11-of-14 (.786) from the field and 11 rebounds. Tony Bradley, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, scored 20 points on 10-of-14 (.714) from the floor to go with eight rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes. Isaiah Cousins tallied his first double-double of the season with 12 points and an NBA G League career-high-tying 11 assists, while Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long was the team's third 20-point scorer, finishing with 20 points to go with four rebounds and five assists.
The Skyforce (6-0) were led by Raphiael Putney, who scored a game-high 32 points (25 in the first half) on 9-of-15 shooting (.600), including an NBA G League career-high eight three-pointers on 11 attempts. Miami HEAT two-way player Yante Maten scored 19 points, connecting on 11-of-12 (.917) from the free throw line, and grabbed four rebounds, while Rodney Purvis finished with 25 points and a team-high seven assists.
Sioux Falls connected on 10 three-pointers in the first quarter and 18 threes in the first half, heading into intermission shooting 64.3 percent from beyond the arc (18-of-28). The Skyforce's 18 threes are the most by an NBA G League team in a half since Reno hit 19 in the first half against Santa Cruz on Jan. 31, 2015, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. As a team, the Skyforce connected on 24 of their 47 attempts from deep, shooting 51.1 percent from three-point range. The Skyforce led by as many as 42 points in the third quarter, but the Stars narrowed the margin by outscoring Sioux Falls 42-19 in the final frame, recording the team's second 40-point quarter of the season.
The Stars held the advantage in rebounds (50-38), second chance points (31-13) and fast break points (22-13) while scoring a season-high 88 points in the paint. The Skyforce connected on more free throws (36-15), handed out more assists (28-27) and committed fewer turnovers (15-16).
The Stars will continue their homestand against the South Bay Lakers on Thursday, Nov. 15, hosting "Wizard Night presented by KeyBank" at Bruin Arena. Tickets for Stars home games, which start at $5, are available at slcstars.com.
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