Stars Defeat Nets
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, defeated the Long Island Nets 109-96 tonight in the second game of a back-to-back.
Three Stars players scored at least 20 points for the second time in the last five games, led by Tanner McGrew, who finished with an NBA G League career-high 25 points off the bench.
Isaiah Cousins tallied 21 points, his fourth 20-point effort in the last six games, and Shonn Miller recorded his second 20-point game of the season with 20 points and nine rebounds. Deonte Burton tallied the first double-double of his NBA G League career with 10 points and a career-best 11 assists.
The Nets were led by Brooklyn Nets two-way player Alan Williams, who recorded a game-high 27 points in 27 minutes. Shannon Scott tallied his third triple-double of the season with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while Okaro White finished with his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 boards. Kamari Murphy led the way for Long Island's second unit, scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
The Stars took a double-digit advantage into the first break, leading 32-18 at the end of the first quarter. Salt Lake City owned a 21-point edge (39-18) with 9:48 remaining in the second frame, the team's largest lead of the game, but Long Island went on an 11-3 run in the final 2:50 of the first half to cut the Stars' advantage to seven (53-46) at intermission. Salt Lake City used a 10-2 run to extend its advantage to 17 (72-55) with 6:38 left in the third period and held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
The Stars dished out 31 assists tonight, the club's second 30-assist game of the season, compared to Long Island's 22 helpers. Salt Lake City outshot the Nets (.489-.398), scored more points in the paint (52-44) and blocked more shots (8-4).
Salt Lake City will wrap up its two-game homestand against the Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder affiliate) on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bruin Arena. The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live, which is accessible via the Salt Lake City Stars Facebook page. Tickets for all Stars home games, which start at just $5, are available at slcstars.com.
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