Stars Earn Comeback Win in Texas
FRISCO, Tex. - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, rallied from a 20-point deficit to earn a 119-113 win on the road at the Texas Legends tonight. The victory marks the Stars' third 20-plus point comeback win on the road this season.
The Stars (7-6) were paced by Willie Reed, who recorded his second consecutive double-double (third in the last four games) with 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Grayson Allen, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, finished with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes, while Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long tallied 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Tony Bradley, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, recorded 12 points, six rebounds and one block in 25 minutes. Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh scored 15 points (13 in the third quarter) and Jairus Lyles led all Stars reserves with 16 points. Trey Lewis made his NBA G League debut in his return from a left ankle sprain, finishing with eight points in 16 minutes of action.
The Legends (6-8) were led by Frank Jackson, who starred at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah, and is currently on assignment from the New Orleans Pelicans. Jackson finished with a game-high 25 points off the bench to go with seven rebounds in 34 minutes. Ray Spalding, currently on assignment from the Dallas Mavericks, recorded 14 points and five rebounds, and Jameel Warney tallied his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Dallas Mavericks two-way player Daryl Macon scored 18 points and dished out a game-high nine assists, while Dallas Mavericks two-way player Kostas Antetokounmpo scored 10 points and collected seven boards off the bench.
The Legends led by seven points at the half (62-55) and began the third period with a 13-0 run to open up a 20-point lead (75-55) with 8:00 left in the quarter. Salt Lake City responded and outscored Texas 27-13 in the remaining minutes to cut the lead to six points entering the fourth (88-82). The Stars took their first lead (89-88) since the opening quarter off a Stephaun Branch fastbreak dunk with 11:09 remaining in the fourth frame and the two teams traded the lead in the ensuing minutes. The Stars and Legends were knotted at 103-all with 5:40 remaining in the game when Salt Lake City scored four straight points, and, while the Legends cut the lead to one point (114-113) with 1:01 left in the game, the Stars never relinquished their advantage and won by six. The Stars, who entered tonight's game leading the NBA G League in scoring in the fourth quarter (30.4), outscored the Legends 37-25 in the final frame.
Salt Lake City held the edge in three-pointers made (12-6), assists (22-19), blocks (8-6), turnovers (15-21) and points in the paint (58-56). The Legends outshot the Stars (.478-.456) from the field and grabbed more rebounds (48-46).
The Stars will complete their two-game road swing with a game at the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets affiliate) on Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live, which can be accessed via the Salt Lake City Stars Facebook page. Following the game, the Stars will return to Salt Lake City for a three-game homestand, which includes a contest at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz, on Thursday, Dec. 13. Tickets for all Stars home games are available at slcstars.com.
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