Stars Fall to Knicks
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, dropped the second contest of their three-game road trip, falling 108-104 to the Westchester Knicks at Westchester County Center this afternoon.
The Stars were paced by Utah Jazz two-way player Jarrell Brantley, who scored a game-high 26 points - his fourth 20-point outing in his last five games - on 10-of-19 (.526) from the floor. Kyle Collinsworth tallied his second double-double of the season with 16 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, while Rodney Pryor finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Deonte Burton led all Stars reserves with 18 points on 7-of-12 (.583) shooting and 3-of-4 (.750) from downtown to go with a game-high three steals.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Knicks, led by Tyler Hall, who finished with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-14 (.642) from the floor and 5-of-9 (.556) from three in 29 minutes off the bench. Andrew White III added 14 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc, while Zak Irvin filled the stat sheet with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists. New York Knicks two-way player Kenny Wooten, who ranks second in the league in blocks per game (3.5), swatted a game-high six shots.
The game was tightly contested through the first half of play, with all eight of the game's lead changes and five ties occurring in the first 24 minutes of play. However, Westchester held a three-point advantage (51-48) at intermission. The Knicks grew their lead to five points (77-72) after three periods.
Westchester looked to be pulling away as they gained their largest lead of the game at 15 points (99-84) with 5:28 left in the final frame, but the Stars answered with a 20-7 run to cut the Knicks' lead to just two points with 15.0 seconds left in the game. In need of possession, the Stars sent Kadeem Allen to the charity stripe where he knocked down two clutch free throws and the Knicks pulled away with the four-point victory (108-104).
The Stars held the advantage in rebounds (48-43), steals (12-7), turnovers (14-19), points in the paint (52-34) and fast break points (18-7), while the Knicks knocked down more threes (18-8), tallied more points off the bench (62-24) and outshot the Stars (.488-.433).
Salt Lake City will wrap up its three-game road trip in Texas, where they will face the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) at Comerica Center on Monday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. (MT). The game will be streamed live on NBAGLeague.com.
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