½The Oklahoma City Blue found the win in Mississippi as the Blue battled back to beat the Memphis Hustle 116-111 on Thursdaay afternoon.

The Blue improved to 13-11 and are tied for first in the Midwest division once again.

With no Daniel Hamilton, the Blue found other means of production. While Bryce Alford and Rashawn Thomas each scored 20 points, it was a combination of seven different players scoring in double figures that helped Oklahoma City tonight.

Their agressiveness became the difference. Four different players attempted at least seven free throws as the Thunder attempted 37 in all. Oklahoma City went 27-of-37 from the free throw line (73 percent). Durand Scott fouled for Memphis in the process.

It appeared to be a long night for the Blue as Memphis built a 43-30 lead with 7:06 left in the second quarter. it wasn’t until the end of the quarter when Oklahoma City finally found their footing.

Oklahoma City ended the half on a 12-3 run, capped off on a Markel Brown three-pointer with two seconds left in the half.

The Blue trails 57-55 at the half.

Amjyot Singh hit a three-pointer with 9:45 in the third quarter gave the Thunder a 64-61 lead for good.
It was in the middle of a 12-0 run and when the dust settled, Oklahoma City had their largest lead of 15 points.

Memphis closed to within four on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter but the Blue took care of business and kept the Hustle at bay.

The Oklahoma City Blue will take their five wins in six tries back to the Cox Convention Center as they host the South Bay Lakers, the G-League affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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