The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, won their season-best fifth-straight game tonight, defeating the Sioux Falls Skyforce 141-114 on the road. The Stars won their 26th game of the 2018-19 campaign, clinching the franchise’s first winning season since 2008-09 when the club was based in Idaho.
The Stars (26-21) were led by Grayson Allen, currently on assignment from the Utah Jazz, who finished with 22 points, connecting on 5-of-9 (.556) from three-point range. Isaiah Cousins tallied his first 20/10 game of the season (third double-double) with 21 points and a career-high 13 assists. Utah Jazz two-way players Tyler Cavanaugh and Naz Mitrou-Long rounded out the team’s four 20-point scorers, as each contributed 20 points and a game-high-tying eight rebounds. Tony Bradley, on assignment from the Utah Jazz, tallied 17 points on a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor in his first outing with the Stars since Jan. 4.
The Skyforce (23-23) were paced by Bubu Palo, who finished with a game-high 27 points while shooting 16-of-16 from the free throw line. Rodney Purvis recorded a 20/10 game with 25 points and a team-high 12 assists in all 48 minutes of action, and Miami HEAT two-way player Yante Maten tallied 15 points and a team-high-tying seven boards. Charles Cooke III, currently on assignment from the Miami HEAT, scored 10 points and corralled a team-high-tying seven rebounds.
The Stars jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back, scoring 79 points in the first half, the most points scored in a half by the club in the Salt Lake City Era (since 2016-17). The team extended its lead to 33 points in the second half and ultimately earned their third wire-to-wire victory of the season. The Stars’ 141 points are the most the team has scored in a game in the Salt Lake City Era.