ORLANDO, Fla. — The Salt Lake City Stars, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, fell to the Lakeland Magic 104-84 on Wednesday night. The Stars will finish the 2021 NBA G League season on Friday against Delaware at 5 p.m. on ESPN+.
Josh Green led the charge for the Stars early with eight first quarter points and three rebounds to put Salt Lake City up 27-21 after the first quarter. Lakeland would start the second quarter on an 11-2 run to take the lead and would go into the half up 58-49. Trevon Scott kept the Stars in it with 14 first half points.
The Stars made a run of their own in the third quarter to get back into the game, ripping off 12 unanswered points to tie the game at 61. The Magic pushed the lead back out double digits by the end of the third quarter before the Stars would again claw back into it with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to four points halfway through the fourth quarter. The comeback would fall short as the Stars went cold and scored just four points in the final six minutes.
Gil, Trevon Scott and Mike Scott each scored 14 points to lead the Stars. Green added 10 points along with a team-high six assists and five rebounds. The Stars forced 25 turnovers leading to 23 points but were outrebounded 62-29 by the Magic.
Lakeland was led by 20 points and 13 rebounds from D.J. Hogg. The Magic bench, led by Hogg, scored 68 of the Magic’s 104 points. Justin Jackson scored 17 in just 12 minutes off the bench, while Robert Franks led the starting unit with 14 points and 12 rebounds.