OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Blue (25-14) fell to the Stockton Kings (23-15), 110-105, on Friday night.
Oklahoma City was the first to score, but the game was tightly contested in the first quarter of play with 10 lead changes and four ties, ending with the Blue ahead 32-26. In the second quarter, the visitors extended their lead to seven before Caleb Swanigan scored on three consecutive possessions to jump start a run for the Kings. Stockton proceeded to go up by as many as 13 but Oklahoma City trimmed the deficit to five, entering the break down 61-56. Swanigan scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half of play.
Coming out of halftime, the Kings scored eight unanswered points and played the majority of the frame with a double-digit advantage. The Blue battled back in the fourth and a three-pointer from Bryce Alford with 1:26 to go made it a one-point game with Stockton up 104-103.
Matt Jones then drained a three of his own and after the teams traded two-point baskets, Alford was unable to connect on a shot from beyond the arc, giving the home team the win. Jones led Stockton with 24 points and six rebounds, going 5-of-7 from long range.
Alford led Oklahoma City, making five shots from three-point range en route to scoring 22 points. Kevin Hervey and Dez Wells were close behind, each turning in 19 points. Hervey added nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks while Wells tacked on five boards and two steals.
K.J. McDaniels went 6-of-10 from the floor to register 17 points. Abdul Gaddy logged a double-double of 11 points and a team-best 10 assists while Justin Leon came off the bench to grab a team-leading 11 rebounds to go with his nine points.