EDINBURG, Texas — The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, won their season-best fourth-straight game tonight with a 138-126 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The Stars (25-21) were led by Jairus Lyles, who scored 41 points, the most scored by a Stars player in the Salt Lake City Era (since 2016-17), on 11-of-14 (.786) from the field in 32 minutes off the bench. Lyles connected on eight three-pointers (8-of-10 3FG) and swiped five steals, both NBA G League career-high marks. Utah Jazz two-way player Tyler Cavanaugh recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long dished out a team-high seven assists to go with 15 points. Grayson Allen, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, tallied 16 points and three assists, while Isaac Haas secured his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vipers (32-16) were paced by Michael Frazier, who recorded his third 30-point game of the season with a team-high 30 points. Gary Payton II logged 22 points, a game-high eight assists, six rebounds and three steals, and Dakarai Tucker scored 29 points. Houston Rockets two-way player Vincent Edwards tallied nine points and seven boards.
Salt Lake City trailed by as many as eight points (27-19) with 2:29 left in the first frame, but the team went on a 27-2 run over the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters to take a 17-point lead (46-29). The Stars scored 42 points in the second quarter and 40 points in the third frame — the first time the Stars/Idaho Stampede franchise has ever strung together back-to-back 40-point quarters, per the Elias Sports Bureau — and ultimately sealed the victory and the season series win over Rio Grande Valley (3-1).