NBA G League Ignite looks to make it three-straight wins Saturday when the team takes on Raptors 905 in the second game of a back-to-back slate. The action tips off at 7 p.m. ET at AdventHealth Arena and also airs live on ESPN+.
Ignite began the first of four back-to-backs over this 15-game stretch by collecting a 109-103 victory over Oklahoma City Blue on Friday.
Jonathan Kuminga continued his stellar play to open the season, upping his career-best total to 24 points in Friday’s action. Kuminga is now averaging 21.5 points in his last two outings. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Jalen Green, who had a solid 11-point, five-rebound outing in his debut, powered his way to his own 20-point performance, pouring in 21 points alongside another five rebounds in his second career start.
The duo will help lead Ignite against the 1-1 Raptors, who opened the season with a 27-point victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers before falling to the Erie Bayhawks, 138-126, on Friday.
LAST TIME OUT
Ignite extended its season-opening winning streak to two games behind a pair of 20-point performances from Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga, who scored 21 and 24, respectively, to top Oklahoma City Blue, 109-103. The closely contested back-and-forth bout featured 18 lead changes, with Ignite ultimately pulling away in the final minute on free throws by Kuminga.
Isaiah Todd also reached double figures for the first time, adding 12 points and seven rebounds on the day. Veterans Jarrett Jack and Donta Hall finished just shy of double-doubles, with Jack scoring 16 points with nine assists and Hall pulling down 10 rebounds on top of nine points.
BY THE NUMBERS
Jessie Govan made his Ignite debut by providing crucial minutes in the second quarter. He finished a perfect 3-3 from the floor for 8 points, including a 2-2 clip from 3-point range.
Rookie duo Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga, both projected NBA lottery picks, combined for 45 points against OKC Blue. Each notched their first 20-point outings, with Kuminga pouring in 24 points and Green adding 21.
After scoring a season-low 17 points in the final quarter against the Warriors on Wednesday, Ignite erupted for a season-high 37 points in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City to help seal the victory. Ignite trailed the Blue, 78-72, after the third quarter.