PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – Loud.
That’s the only word you need to describe the atmosphere at the Prescott Valley Event Center Tuesday as the Northern Arizona Suns hosted their inaugural Kids Day Game against the Oklahoma City Blue. During the fourth quarter, the building seemed to shake as the Suns stringed together a huge rally to beat the Blue 118-114.
With the win, the Suns (12-16) avoided a sweep to the Blue (16-14), with Oklahoma City winning the season-series 2-1.
Oklahoma City seemed in control for the majority of this one, taking an early 31-19 lead after the first quarter and maintaining a double-digit lead throughout the second half until there was 5:44 left in the game.
Northern Arizona trailed by 19 points with 8:32 left in the game before erupting on a 21-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 108-107 lead with 3:06 left. With all of the momentum, the Suns held off OKC to win in front of the 2,089 people in attendance, breaking a two-game skid. The Suns are now 5-2 in 2018.
OKC shot the ball well and dominated inside in the losing effort. The Blue vastly outshot the Suns 43-of-85 (.506) to 37-of-89 (.416). OKC outrebounded NAZ 55-40, and had 32 more points in the paint (60-28).
The ultimate difference for the Suns came from behind the arc and taking care of the ball. The Suns made 10 more three-pointers than the Blue, shooting 22-of-53 (.415) from deep, They also had a season-low nine turnovers that led to just nine points, while forcing 22 OKC turnovers, scoring 25 points off of them.
Xavier Silas recorded 30 points on 7-of-17 shooting, 6-of-13 from deep and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. He also added a season-high eight rebounds to go with three assists. With his fourth made three-pointer of the game, Silas surpassed Omari Johnson (347) for 10th on the NBA G League’s all-time three-point makes list. This was Silas’ second 30+ point game of the season, fifth of his career.
Josh Gray and Danuel House also had strong games, with Gray scoring 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including a career-high seven made three-pointers on just 13 attempts. He also tallied nine assists, four rebounds and three steals. House had 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 6-of-11 from downtown, four assists and two rebounds.
Phoenix Suns assignee Davon Reed notched 11 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson led the Suns’ reserves with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting and six rebounds.
Dakari Johnson, Bryce Alford and PJ Dozier all had big games for Oklahoma City. Johnson scored 28 points on 13-of-16 shooting, to go with eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Alford achieved a point-rebound double-double with 27 points on 9-of-22 shooting (8-of-16 shooting from distance) and 11 rebounds. Dozier achieved a double-double as well with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 13 rebounds.
The Suns next play the Agua Caliente Clippers on Friday at 7 p.m. MT at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The Blue will head to Santa Cruz to take on the Warriors on Thursday at 8 p.m. MT.