The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, fell to the Stockton Kings 114-91 tonight at Bruin Arena. The Stars will next compete in the MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase, the league’s premier in-season scouting event, playing their first of two Showcase contests on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. (MT) against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
The Stars (8-9) were led by Trey Lewis, who scored 20 points off the bench (14 in the first half), marking his first 20-point game of the season in his fifth game with Salt Lake City. Isaiah Cousins finished with 19 points and a team-high six assists, tallying his 11th game this season leading the team in assists. Willie Reed recorded 14 points and a team-high-tying nine rebounds, while Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Stockton (7-7) was paced by Sacramento Kings two-way player Troy Williams, who registered a 20/10 game with game-highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his first game with Stockton. Daniel Ochefu recorded 16 points and nine rebounds, and Sacramento Kings two-way player Wenyen Gabriel scored 14 points and collected five boards. Kalin Lucas finished with a point/assist double-double, scoring 15 points and handing out an NBA G League season-high-tying 16 helpers.
The Kings built a 12-point advantage (22-10) in the first quarter, but the Stars cut it to six points to end the period (31-25). Stockton began the second frame on a 7-0 run, ultimately extending its advantage to as many as 29 points in the third quarter and again in the fourth en route to the 23-point victory.
Salt Lake City led Stockton in blocks (8-3) and second chance points (15-14). The Kings held the advantage in points in the paint (56-46), assists (29-22), turnovers (15-19) and field goal percentage (.506-.437).