Stars Win Fifth-Straight with Victory at Vipers
EDINBURG, Tex. - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, tied the longest winning streak in club history (Salt Lake City era) tonight, earning their fifth-straight win with a 124-122 overtime victory on the road over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Salt Lake City finished with three players scoring 20+ points, led by Utah Jazz two-way player Jarrell Brantley, who posted a game-high and season-high 31 points on 12-of-19 (.632) from the field. The forward also nabbed eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. William Howard tallied a season-high 27 points on 10-of-12 (.833) from the field and 7-of-9 (.778) from beyond the arc. Utah Jazz two-way player Justin Wright-Foreman recorded 26 points on 5-of-7 (.714) from three-point range, seven rebounds and five assists. Trevon Bluiett chipped in 13 points and Rodney Pryor added 12 points off the bench.
Six Vipers scored in double figures, including all five starters. The team was paced by Jaron Blossomgame, who finished with a season-high 28 points on 8-of-14 (.571) from the field. Denver Nuggets assignment player Jarred Vanderbilt recorded a double-double off the bench with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Angel Rodriguez posted 16 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Sindarius Thornwell tallied a game-high eight assists to go with 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Ray Spalding (14 points) and Roger Moute a Bidias (12 points) also scored in double-figures for the Vipers.
The Stars had a productive first quarter, shooting 73.7 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the three to generate 41 points (most in a quarter this season), taking an eight-point lead (41-33) at the end of the period. Salt Lake City's first quarter productivity followed into the second quarter, outshooting Rio Grande Valley (.500-.391) and holding a five-point lead (68-63) going in to intermission. William Howard shot 100 percent in the half and posted 20 points, 18 of which came from beyond the arc, for the Stars.
Salt Lake City carried their lead through the third quarter, outscoring the Vipers 34-25 in the period to go up 102-88 with 12 minutes left to play. The Vipers fought back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Stars 13-2 in the first five minutes of the fourth. Rio Grande Valley narrowed Salt Lake City's lead to just two points with 4:47 left to play, and the two teams were knotted up at 121-all at the end of regulation. The Stars outscored the Vipers 3-1 in overtime to secure the win.
The Stars shot 55.6 percent to the Vipers 47.7 percent and held the advantage in three-pointers (17-10), steals (14-11) and fast break points (18-13). The Vipers grabbed more rebounds (43-35), blocked more shots (7-4) scored more points in the paint (62-52) and racked up more points off the bench (38-23).
The Stars, who have played five of the season's first seven games on the road, will travel home to host a three-game homestand beginning on Monday, Dec. 2, against the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons affiliate) at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bruin Arena. The game will be streamed on NBAGLeague.com.
Tickets for all Stars home games are available at slcstars.com.
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