The Oklahoma City Blue (13-11) defeated the Memphis Hustle (10-15), 116-111, in the team’s fifth consecutive road outing.
Oklahoma City was down by four when they scored 12 unanswered points at the beginning of the third to take a 69-61 lead. The Blue then went up by as many as 15 points in the second half of play, but the Hustle kept things interesting by closing the gap to 114-111 in the final 10 seconds of the game. Markel Brown then sank two free throws and Myke Henry swiped the ball from Memphis on their final possession to earn the victory.
Rashawn Thomas scored 10 of Oklahoma City’s 29 third quarter points as he helped create and expand the advantage for the Blue, before finishing with 20 points on 5-for-7 shooting, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.
Memphis was the first to strike tonight, holding the lead for the entirety of the first half and gaining as much as a 13-point lead in that frame. Down 11 points in the final two minutes before halftime, the Blue powered a 12-4 run to close the gap to 57-55 going into the break.
Oklahoma City snagged 15 steals on the night, helping to generate 31 points off 27 Memphis turnovers. There were seven Blue players in double figures as Bryce Alford matched Thomas’ 20 points and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Brown tallied 19 points, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
The Blue will return home for the first time since Dec. 19 when they take on the South Bay Lakers on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.