Stars Edge Skyforce
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 110-105 tonight at Bruin Arena. The Stars improved to 12-10 (.545) on the season with the victory, including a 7-4 (.636) mark at home.
The Stars were led by Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh, who finished with a team-high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds in 39 minutes. New Orleans Pelicans two-way player Trevon Bluiett, who was transferred to the Stars on Jan. 2, scored seven points to go along with four rebounds and two steals in his first action of the season with the Stars, and Jairus Lyles recorded 15 points and four assists in his fifth start of the season. The Stars' bench finished with 56 points, the most scored by the team's reserves in a game this season (previous: 52 at Texas on Dec. 5), led by Trey Lewis, who scored an NBA G League career-high 21 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 24.7 seconds left in the game. Shonn Miller recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and a team-high 11 boards.
The Skyforce were led by Miami HEAT two-way player Duncan Robinson, who tallied a game-high 24 points. Charles Cooke III scored 18 points, while Raphiael Putney recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 12 boards. Briante Weber finished the game with 12 points and a game-high six helpers off the bench for Sioux Falls.
The Stars built a nine-point lead (47-38) in the second quarter and entered halftime with a six-point advantage (59-53) as three members of the Stars finished the first half with double-digit scoring efforts (Cavanaugh: 13; Lewis: 11; Lyles: 11). The Skyforce took a one-point edge (77-76) with 3:04 remaining in the third period, but Salt Lake City responded with an 11-0 run to take a 10-point lead (87-77) in the final seconds of the frame. The Stars led by 10 points (97-87) with 7:17 remaining in the fourth, but the Skyforce went on a 10-2 run to trim the Stars' lead to just two points (99-97). The game was tied at 105-all with 1:17 left and Lewis connected on the go-ahead three-pointer with 24.7 seconds remaining to give the Stars the lead for good.
The Stars finished the game with the advantage in rebounds (52-38), assists (20-18), steals (6-3) and second chance points (23-6). The Skyforce outshot the Stars (.488-.451) and scored more points in the paint (52-50).
Salt Lake City will continue its four-game homestand with "Star Wars Night Presented by RootsTech" on Thursday, Jan. 10, against the Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder affiliate). The game, which tips off at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bruin Arena, will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Tickets for all Stars home games are available at slcstars.com.
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