OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., April 8, 2017 — The Oklahoma City Blue (1-1) evened the Western Conference Semifinals with an impressive 131-117 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors (1-1) on Saturday night.
The Blue held a 10-point lead going into halftime and used a 41-point third quarter to pull ahead and cruise to the win. Dakari Johnson paced the Blue with nine points in the third, finishing with 29 points and 11 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double.
Johnson was one of seven in double figures for Oklahoma City. Daniel Hamilton contributed a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, while Thunder assignment player Josh Huestis added 19 points and five rebounds.
The 131 points set a playoff record, besting a 127-point performance done on April 20, 2010 at Iowa.
“A lot of it was transition, about half of it was transition,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “Our stops got us out in transition and…I thought we did a really good job of attacking the basket and finishing.”
The Blue outscored the Warriors 76-44 in the paint and shot 57.3 percent from the field.
Oklahoma City’s bench tallied 41 points, led by a career-high 15 points from Kameron Woods.
“We’ve just got to help out,” Woods said. “We know what our job is as the second unit: to contribute, be aggressive, and hit shots. It feels good to get the second unit going.”
The Blue will host the Warriors in a deciding Game 3 on Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.