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Stars End Regular Season with Home Win over Iowa

March 23, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Salt Lake City Stars News Release

SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, defeated the Iowa Wolves 109-103 tonight to wrap up the 2018-19 regular season. The Stars remain in playoff contention and could clinch the first postseason berth in the Salt Lake City Era (since 2016-17) by virtue of a Santa Cruz Warriors win over the Agua Caliente Clippers tomorrow evening.

The Stars (27-23) were led by Isaiah Cousins, who tallied his 10th 20-point game of the season with a game-high 27 points on 12-of-16 (.750) from the floor. Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh recorded his third-straight double-double (fourth in the last five games) with 18 points and 13 boards, while Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long scored 26 points, logging his 12th 20-point game of the season.

All five Wolves starters scored in double figures. Iowa (20-30) was paced by Hakim Warrick, who scored 18 points, and Minnesota Timberwolves two-way player Jared Terrell led all Wolves reserves with 15 points. Minnesota Timberwolves two-way player C.J. Williams also chipped in 15 points.

The game was tightly contested through the first half of play, with Salt Lake City holding a two-point lead (57-55) at intermission. The Stars began to pull away in the third frame, owning a 15-point lead (77-62), their largest lead of the game, with 6:25 remaining in the quarter. The Wolves answered with a 15-5 run to cut the Stars' lead to five (82-77) at the end of the third period. Trailing by eight (101-93) with 3:10 left to play, the Wolves went on a 10-4 run to pull within two (105-103) with 1:10 remaining, but the Stars finished the game by scoring four unanswered points to earn the victory.

The Stars completed the 2018-19 season with 27 wins, the club's first winning season in the Salt Lake City Era (since 2016-17) and the franchise's most wins since 2008-09 (31) when it was based in Idaho. The Stars improved by 11 wins this season compared to the 2017-18 campaign, the largest season-over-season improvement in the NBA G League this year.

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