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While the parent club fell on Friday night, it was the Oklahoma City Blue who found the win column. The Blue beat the Salt Lake City Stars, G-League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, 117-103 in Salt Lake City.

One of Oklahoma City’s two-way players, Daniel Hamilton, had 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists. However, he had nine turnovers. Myke Henry had 25 points off the bench to lead the Blue. Henry is a small forward out of DePaul. He played with the blue last season but joined the Blue after playing for Rayos de Hermosillo out of Mexico.

Oklahoma City improves to 11-10 on the season, best in Midwest Division.

Despite Salt Lake City opening the game 5-0, the Blue answered back with a 22-5 run in the first quarter, capped off by a Bryce Alford three-pointer.

Alford finished with 15 points, all three-pointers as he finished 4-of-13 from beyond the three-point line.

Salt Lake City would answer back, cutting the lead down to 27-19 with 2:03 left in the opening quarter but that’s when Oklahoma City decided to put the game away. An 18-6 run to start the second quarter gave the Blue a 50-27 lead midway in the quarter.

The Stars cut the Blue advantage down to 19 with 6:32 remaining until halftime. The Blue did their own response, outscoring Salt Lake City 22-15, pushing the lead out to as many as 28 on multiple occasions.

Oklahoma City led 72-46 at halftime.

A 24-9 run to start the third quarter hurt the Blue’s advantage as a mix of Naz Mitrou-Long, Taylor Braun and Erik McCree brought Salt Lake City back into it. Oklahoma City only led 81-68 with 5:18 left in the third quarter.

However, Henry and Hamilton combined for 13 of the quarter’s final 15 points, giving them a comfortable cushion again.

Thunder player Terrance Ferguson was recalled before the Thunder played the Milwaukee Bucks and was unavailable.

Oklahoma City two-way assignee, PJ Dozier went 3-of-3 from the floor and finished with 12 points. He was the only starter in the negative on the plus/minuse at negative-9.

Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown went 3-of-8 from the floor in 32 minutes, finishing with eight points.

The Oklahoma City Blue will return to the court on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Sioux Falls Skyforce. The game can be seen on Facebook Live. The Blue don’t play back at the Cox Convention Center until Jan. 6. They’re in the middle of a five-game road trip.

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