The Oklahoma City Blue swept its pair of NBA D-League Showcase games last week. The Blue played on back-to-back evenings, beating the Northern Arizona Suns and the Santa Cruz Warriors to go to 18-9 on the season. It marked the second time in Blue history that the team won both of its games at the Showcase.
Following the Showcase, Dakari Johnson was named Second Team All-Showcase. The former Kentucky standout averaged a team-leading 22.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two games, and tied his career high with four blocks against Santa Cruz.
On the first night of the Showcase, OKC defeated Northern Arizona, 103-98. After Northern Arizona rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to lead with less than a quarter remaining, Oklahoma City scored the final eight points of the game to snap the Suns’ two-game winning streak.
“During the second half, I think everybody locked in and contributed on the defensive end,” Johnson said. “We tried to be aggressive, attack the paint and get some stops.”
Semaj Christon, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, had a team-high 22 points and eight assists and Johnson added 20 points and eight rebounds as the Blue won for the ninth time in 11 games on Wednesday night.
The Blue followed up the win with a strong performance versus the Santa Cruz Warriors on Thursday night.
With the game tied 68-68 and 2:44 left in the third period, the Blue made their move with a 17-0 run that spanned 5:48 of game clock. During the run, Oklahoma City forced 11 consecutive Santa Cruz misses and three turnovers while hitting all seven trips to the foul line. The Blue never looked back from there, with their lead only falling below double digits in the final minute of the game
“I thought we did a good job of playing on a back-to-back,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “We came out with good energy, good defense and showed toughness in the fourth quarter to leave Toronto with a good taste in our mouths.”