OKC Blue eliminated in Western Conference Finals

It wasn’t just the Oklahoma City Thunder who fell the Rockets on Wednesday night, the Oklahoma City Blue saw their season come to an end with a 114-102 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets affiliate.

RGV won the Western Conference Finals 2-1.

The Blue had a 1-point lead heading in to the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on as they only scored 18 points in the fourth, while giving up 31.

Dakari Johnson led Oklahoma Cit with 31 points and nine rebounds. The 31 points is a franchise playoff record.

A tight contest throught the game as there were 12 ties and 12 lead changes.

2,149 people saw Oklahoma City trail the Viperse 60-56 at halftime.

Josh Huestis, another Oklahoma City asignee, struggled, only going 4-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-6 from three. He finished with only 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Daniel Hamilton, who was averaging near a triple-double in the previous series struggled as well. He scored only 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting and was a Westbrook-like 2-of-10 from three.

Oklahoma City won Game 1 quite convicingly in Hilado, Texas 112-108. Then, the Vipers responded by beating the Blue 118-105 to force a decisive Game 3.

For the Blue is was the most successful since the team was in Tulsa in 2010-11 and most wins in franchise history. The Blue went 34-16 in the regular season, boasting the second best record in the NBA D-League. They won the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Then, the Blue beat Santa Cruz in the first round to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

“Obviously disappointed in the loss, but not disappointed in the season,” Oklahoma City Blue Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “I’m proud to be part of the group, but obviously not the way we wanted it to end tonight.”

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