HIDALGO, Texas – Jaron Johnson led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-14) with a career-high 35 points to top the Oklahoma City Blue (17-13) 130-113 tonight at State Farm Arena.
In addition to Jaron Johnson’s 35 points, he scored 7-of-10 from three-point range. Also for the Vipers, Glen Rice, Jr. added 26 points. Nick Johnson followed with 19 points. Toure’ Murry tallied a double-double 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Maquis Teague led the Blue with 29 points. Semaj Christon added 21 points. On assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Mitch McGary scored 18 points.
Talib Zanna scored the first basket of the game to put OKC up 2-0. The score tied three times before Christon made a jump shot that sent the Blue on a 7-2 run to take a 15-8 lead midway through the first quarter. Oklahoma City led throughout the first half of the game. At the end of the first quarter, the Blue led 32-17. During the second quarter, the Blue’s largest lead came at the 3:24 mark, 55-38. At halftime, OKC was up 60-53.
The Vipers outscored Oklahoma City 43-23 in the third quarter to take control of the game. RGV’s 43 points ranks second this season for most points in a quarter. RGV scored 48 points in the second quarter on Jan. 18 versus Reno at the NBA D-League Showcase.
RGV continued to dominate throughout the fourth quarter. The Vipers outscored the Blue 113- 81 in the last three quarters.
The Vipers face the Texas Legends on the road Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. (CT) for the first of back-to-back games versus Texas. Sunday, RGV hosts the Legends at 5 p.m. (CT) at State Farm Arena.