OKLAHOMA CITY, April 10, 2017 – The Oklahoma City Blue (2-1) defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors (1-2), 124-104, on Monday night to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time under Head Coach Mark Daigneault.
Oklahoma City trailed 89-86 going into the fourth quarter. A layup from Dez Wells and a three-pointer from Josh Huestis put the Blue up by two, but the lead changed hands four times before a dunk from Wells and a three from Daniel Hamilton put the Blue up for good.
Hamilton led the Blue with 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, his second consecutive double-double. Wells finished with 21 points and five rebounds while Huestis, on assignment from the Thunder, turned in 20 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
The Blue were down by as many as 16 in the first half, but a jump shot from Reggie Williams with 4:25 left in the second quarter sparked a 17-2 offensive run that sent Oklahoma City into halftime leading 64-60.
“We found ourselves in a situation tonight that we have confronted before as a team,” Daigneault said. “Every game is different, but our guys knew how to handle it because they handled it during the season.”
Williams was one of six in double figures for Oklahoma City, turning in 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. Dakari Johnson had his third straight double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
“I just feel more comfortable now,” Johnson said. “My teammates do a good job at putting me in positions to score.”
Oklahoma City will face the winners of the Los Angeles/Rio Grande Valley series starting later this week.