OKLAHOMA CITY, March 18, 2017 – The Oklahoma City Blue (31-15) persevered in a 123-116 win over the Reno Bighorns (16-27) on Saturday night.
Oklahoma City trailed by as many as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, but closed the game on an 18-4 run. Forward Josh Huestis hit a three and went back down the court to block Kendall Marshall’s layup and seal the game for the Blue.
Huestis, on assignment from the Thunder, finished with a career-high 26 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Xavier Henry and Dakari Johnson combined for 16 points in the final frame. Henry finished with 22 points off the bench, while Johnson tallied 20 points and seven rebounds.
“I was happy for him [Henry] because he’s come back from a long road from an injury standpoint,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “Every single game, he seems to be a little more comfortable.”
The win clinched a playoff spot for the Blue and swept the season series versus Reno.
Huestis started off the game strong for Oklahoma City, notching nine of the Blue’s first 10 points, hitting three three-pointers in the first four minutes of the contest.
The lead ballooned to 24 points for the Blue, but the Bighorns responded with a 37-point third quarter to take the lead, 93-91, heading into the fourth.
Oklahoma City heads back on the road next week to face the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday, March 24, in the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.