DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 9, 2017 – The Oklahoma City Blue (23-11) fell to the Iowa Energy (8-24), 111-107, on Thursday night.
A three-pointer from Dez Wells put Oklahoma City within three points, 108-105, with 16.8 seconds left in the game. The Blue couldn’t force a turnover on the ensuing possession and Amir Williams hit both of his free throws to seal the game for the Energy.
Wells finished with 16 points off the bench, one of five in double figures for the Blue. He scored eight of his points in the fourth quarter, as OKC outscored Iowa, 41-26.
Daniel Hamilton led the comeback attempt for the Blue in the final frame, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the quarter.
The Energy mounted its biggest lead of the game in the third quarter at 22 points. Oklahoma City had cut the lead to nine points early in the third, but Iowa responded with a 15-2 run in the middle of the quarter.
Dakari Johnson recorded his sixth consecutive game with 20-plus points, turning in 26 points, six rebounds and three assists. He led the Blue in scoring for the 12th time this season.
The road trip heads to the west coast, where Oklahoma City faces the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. CT in the Toyota Sports Center.