RENO – The Spurs stayed out west for the finale of a back-to-back against the Reno Bighorns on Monday night, seeking its league-high sixth win in a row.
Having key players Derrick White (coach’s decision) and Darrun Hilliard (coach’s decision) out for the second consecutive game in as many days, Austin found offensive outbreaks in others en route to the teams sixth-consecutive victory after a 97-90 victory.
Olivier Hanlan poured in a team-high 22 points and Jaron Blossomgame, coming off his 11th double-double of the season Sunday, tallied 16 points and nine boards on the night.
|NBA G LEAGUE FINAL||1||2||3||4||F|
|AUSTIN SPURS (21-12)||25||19||23||30||97|
|RENO BIGHORNS (18-13)||18||25||31||16||90|
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- Score: Austin Spurs – 97, Reno Bighorns – 90
- Records: Spurs (21-12) | Bighorns (18-13)
- Date: Monday, January 29 | 9:00 p.m. tip-off CST
- Location: Reno Events Center| Reno, NV
- Attendance: 1,408
- Officials: Phenizee Ransom, Mousa Dagher, Ashley Moyer-Gleich
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While most of the opening quarter was closely played, the Spurs went on a 13-3 run late to hold a 25-15 lead with 55 ticks left in the first.
After a 14-4 run in the second by Reno, the game was knotted at 43-all. The Spurs found themselves up by one at the break, giving up a game-high 31-point third quarter performance was not what they had in mind.
Trailing by seven points after three quarters, Austin tallied a 30-point quarter of their own in the fourth, as Austin rallied to a 7-point victory to win its sixth straight game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Austin shot 43 percent (38-of-88) from the floor, while the Bighorns were a little less efficient at 34-of-94 (36 percent) from the floor.
- The Spurs went a rough 7-of-27 (26 percent) from beyond the arc in the 7-point victory and shot a tough 14-of-21 (67 percent) from the charity stripe. Reno, meanwhile, was 11-of-29 (38 percent) from downtown and went 11-of-17 (65 percent) from the free throw line.
- While the Bighorns only managed to 45 rebounds as a unit, Austin recorded 55 boards collectively.
- Both teams finished with an identical four blocks on the night. Austin finished with 17 assists and six steals, while Reno recorded 15 dimes and eight steals.
- Coming off a team-high 21-point performance Sunday afternoon, Nick Johnson tallied 14 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
- Idaho product Jeff Ledbetter added nine points and a game-high seven dimes in 25 minutes of action.
- Amida Brimah added six points, five boards, and a game-high three blocks.
- Kentucky alum Aaron Harrison poured in a game-high 26 points on 8-of-19 shooting, including 5-of-9 from downtown; also grabbed eight rebounds and registered three steals.
- Arkansas-Little Rock star Josh Hagins and NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton’s son – David Stockton – each added 10 points off the bench respectively; they also added four assists each and combined for five boards.
- With the win and the Texas Legends winning as well, the Spurs maintain their half game lead for tops in the Southwest Division standings.
Austin will enjoy a pair of days off before finally returning back to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park for a home contest versus the Memphis Hustle on February 1st.
Tip-off Thursday is set for 7:30 p.m. CST versus the Hustle.