OKLAHOMA CITY, April 1, 2017 – The Oklahoma City Blue (34-16) defeated the Texas Legends (25-25), 115-96, on Saturday night, clinching the number one seed in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history.
“I’m happy for our players and our staff for clinching the one seed,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “It is a great accomplishment for our program and we are excited to get started with our playoff preparation.”
Oklahoma City held a 61-49 lead at halftime, but Texas opened the third quarter on a 9-3 run. Josh Huestis tallied nine points and three rebounds in the quarter to give the Blue an 87-75 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Huestis, on assignment from the Thunder, finished with a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists. He shot 70 percent from the field, his fifth consecutive game shooting 50-plus percent from the floor.
“I felt good, just trusting the work and trusting my team to find me and move the ball,” Huestis said. “I just want to keep getting more consistent. I’m trusting the work I’ve put in. I’m excited to see where I go from here.”
The Blue took its largest lead of the game at 26 points in the fourth quarter on a layup from Reggie Williams. He contributed 21 points, four rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.
Each starter for Oklahoma City scored in double figures, including 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists from Daniel Hamilton.
The playoffs for Oklahoma City start on Wednesday, April 5 at the Santa Cruz Warriors at 8:30 p.m. CST in the Kaiser Permanente Arena.