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Stars Drop Final Game of Road Trip to Swarm

December 7, 2018 - NBA G League (G League) - Salt Lake City Stars News Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, fell to the Greensboro Swarm 126-115 on the road tonight, dropping the final game of their two-game road swing. The Stars will return home for a three-game homestand beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 11, against the Austin Spurs.

The Stars (7-7) were paced by Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh and Jairus Lyles, who each scored 20 points off the bench. Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long secured his second double-double of the season with 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, while Tony Bradley, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, finished with 16 points, eight boards and three assists in 24 minutes. Willie Reed, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NBA G League Draft, tallied 19 points and nine rebounds, and Isaiah Cousins recorded 16 points and a team-high-tying four assists.

The Swarm (5-8) were led by Jaylen Barford, who scored a game-high 26 points (12 in the fourth quarter) off the bench. Charlotte Hornets two-way player Joe Chealey was the team's second 20-point scorer, finishing with 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Chinanu Onuaku, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NBA G League Draft, tallied a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Charlotte Hornets two-way player J.P. Macura scored 15 points.

The Stars and Swarm traded the lead four times in the first quarter. Greensboro owned a three-point edge (48-45) midway through the second frame and the Swarm went on a 12-1 run to extend their advantage to 14 points (60-46) with 2:41 remaining in the half. Greensboro entered halftime with a 10-point advantage (65-55), but the Stars cut into the lead in the third quarter and ultimately tied the game at 82-all with 4:16 remaining in the frame. The Swarm outscored the Stars 10-3 in the final minutes of the third period and entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point edge (92-85). Greensboro opened the fourth frame with an 11-2 spurt to take its largest lead of the game (103-87) and, while the Stars trimmed the lead to six points (111-105) with 3:37 remaining in the contest, Salt Lake City fell short of a comeback. The win snapped Greensboro's seven-game losing skid.

The Stars outshot the Swarm from three-point range (.425-.333) and scored more second chance points (21-19). Greensboro held the edge in rebounds (50-44), assists (26-17), turnovers (9-13) and free throws (19-16).

The Stars, who have played nine of the season's first 14 games on the road, will travel home to host a three-game homestand beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 11, against the Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs affiliate) at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bruin Arena. The team will return to Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, for a contest against the Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns affiliate) on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. (MT). Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Tickets for all Stars home games are available at slcstars.com.


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