LAS VEGAS, Dec. 5, 2021 – NBA G League Ignite used a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Oklahoma City Blue, 99-89, in a Sunday matinee at Michelob ULTRA Arena. With the win, Ignite (4-5) took its first-ever victory on its home court split the series with the Blue (6-4).
Down 78-68 entering the fourth quarter, Ignite outscored Oklahoma City 31-11 to battle back from its double-digit deficit. The team opened the quarter on a 17-4 run with key shots from rookies Jaden Hardy and Michael Foster Jr. alongside veteran leaders Pooh Jeter and Kevin Murphy.
Hardy finished with 20 points – including 11 points in the fourth quarter alone – for his second consecutive 20-point outing. Foster Jr. recorded his third double-double of the season on 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jeter finished with 11 points and was 3-4 from 3-point range, while Murphy scored all 14 of his points in the second half.
Melvin Frazier Jr. led the Blue with 20 points, and Rob Edwards fell one board short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams managed to connect on 17 field goals in the first half, but Oklahoma City outshot Ignite 53.1 percent (17-32) to 37.8 percent (17-45) to take a 52-46 lead into the break. After the Blue outrebounded Ignite 52-39 and made 17 3-pointers in game No. 1 of the series, Ignite adjusted by holding the Blue to just four first-half 3-pointers and 22 rebounds.
Ignite finished the game outrebounding Oklahoma City 40-39 and limiting the Blue to 24.2 percent (8-33) from 3-point range while capitalizing on 24 turnovers to score 30 points.
Ignite returns to Las Vegas for a homestand against the Salt Lake City Stars beginning Monday, Dec. 13. The action begins at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET from Michelob ULTRA Arena and live on NBAGLeague.com.