OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A driving layup from Dez Wells in the closing seconds sent the Oklahoma City Blue (31-16) over the Salt Lake City Stars (26-22), 103-102, on Sunday afternoon.
Oklahoma City held an 88-83 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Stars battled back and after four straight points from Grayson Allen, held a one-point lead with 31.4 seconds left before Wells’ go-ahead layup on the other end.
“Our guys showed great resilience and had great execution down the stretch,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “I was happy with how we played today. I thought we hung in there.”
Chris Wright provided the offensive spark for Oklahoma City, scoring a team-leading 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench. Salt Lake City’s Allen led all scorers with 25 points to go along with three steals, two rebounds and two assists.
The Blue took its largest lead of the game at 13 points after a three pointer from Abdul Gaddy in the second quarter. Allen scored nine points in the quarter, trimming the Blue’s lead to six points, 65-59, at halftime.
The Stars came back in the third quarter, taking a 79-76 lead after a three from Isaiah Cousins. The Blue closed the quarter on a 9-4 run, giving the team a five-point lead going into the final frame.
Gaddy was one of four players in double figures for the Blue, tallying 12 points and four rebounds. Thunder assignment player Hamidou Diallo scored nine points with five rebounds.