Warriors Defeat Stars
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors 106-97 tonight to begin their three-game road trip.
The Stars (13-13) were led by New Orleans Pelicans two-way player Trevon Bluiett, who recorded his fourth 20-point game of the season (first with the Stars) with a game-high 24 points (12 in the fourth quarter) on 4-of-7 (.571) from three-point range to go with six rebounds. Isaiah Cousins scored 18 points and swiped five steals, the most steals in a game by a Stars player this season (most since Taylor Braun on Feb. 2, 2018 vs. South Bay). In his second start of the season, Isaac Haas finished with 13 points, his second double-digit scoring effort in the last three games, and six rebounds, and Trey Lewis led all Stars reserves with 15 points.
The Warriors (21-6) were paced by Jacob Evans III, currently on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, who finished with an NBA G League career-high 18 points. Golden State Warriors two-way player Damion Lee tallied 14 points and five rebounds, while Juan Toscano-Anderson finished with eight points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The Stars scored the first bucket of the game, but the Warriors responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead, extending their advantage to 12 points (25-13) with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter. The Stars went on a 9-0 run to pull within three points (25-22) to end the frame, but Salt Lake City was outscored 35-17 in the second period and trailed by 21 (60-39) at the half. Santa Cruz extended its advantage to 30 points in the fourth quarter, and while the Stars outscored the Warriors 37-18 in the final period, Santa Cruz held on to win by nine and earn its fifth-straight victory.
The Stars held the advantage in steals, recording a season-high 14 thefts compared to the Warriors' 10 steals. The Warriors logged more rebounds (42-34) and assists (26-17) while outshooting the Stars from the floor (.568-.410).
Salt Lake City will continue its three-game road trip with a matinee contest against the Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns affiliate) on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
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