Stars Fall to Lakers in First Game of Road Trip
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, dropped the first contest of their three-game road trip tonight, falling 107-92 to the South Bay Lakers at the UCLA Health Training Center.
The Stars were paced by Willie Reed, who tallied a double-double in the first three quarters of the game and finished with 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. Tony Bradley, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, recorded 15 points, including his first career NBA G League three-pointer, to go with nine rebounds and three blocks. Stephaun Branch tied an NBA G League career-high with four blocks to go with nine points (all on three-pointers), and Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long scored 13 points (nine in the fourth quarter). Isaiah Cousins finished one assist shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine helpers.
All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, led by Isaac Bonga, currently on assignment from the Los Angeles Lakers, who finished with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes. Scott Machado tied his season high with 18 points, while L.A. Lakers two-way player Johnathan Williams recorded 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Joel Berry II dished out a team-high seven assists off the bench and scored eight points in 19 minutes of play.
The Lakers led by as many as 15 points (44-29) in the second quarter, but the Stars chipped away and took a one-point lead courtesy of a 15-4 run later in the second frame. South Bay entered halftime leading by three points (59-56) and the Lakers outscored the Stars 23-13 in the third quarter, extending their advantage to 17 points (89-72) early in the final frame. Salt Lake City responded with a 12-0 run to cut the lead to five (89-84), but the Stars were ultimately outscored 12-2 in the final 5:23 of play to end the game.
The Stars, who have grabbed at least 50 rebounds in each of the last three games, held the edge on the boards (54-45) and blocked more shots (10-2). The Lakers tallied more steals (14-7) and free throw attempts (27-9) while committing fewer turnovers (16-32).
The Stars will continue their three-game road trip with a stop in Northern Arizona against the Suns (Phoenix Suns affiliate) on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. (MT), which will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
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