South Bay Thumps OKC, Advances in NBA G League Playoffs

By Joey Ramirez | March 31, 2018

South Bay had a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City ready for star two-way guard Alex Caruso.

But after he played heavy minutes in the NBA Lakers’ overtime game on Friday, those plans were nixed. Thankfully for South Bay, Scott Machado made sure his team wouldn’t miss anything at the point guard position.

Machado twisted the Blue’s defense into knots, finishing with 27 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds in a 125-105 rout that allowed South Bay to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

The first-year Laker was a wizard with the ball, bending OKC’s defense to his will by constantly beating his man off the dribble. When he wasn’t penetrating the Blue’s defense, he was spotting up for four 3-pointers.

Three-point success was a theme across the South Bay roster, as the Lakers shot a combined 20-of-41 from deep.

Andre Ingram — the NBA G League’s all-time 3-point king — provided exactly what was expected of him, reaching 24 points with six triples.

Los Angeles Lakers assignment player Travis Wear added five treys of his own and 21 points.

It took plenty of assistance from the NBA Lakers in order for South Bay to trounce an OKC squad that had won all three regular-season meetings between these teams.

Thomas Bryant hunted buckets in transition and off misses, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gary Payton II provided a Machado-esque stat line of 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

The G League’s new, single-elimination format will continue into the next round, as South Bay travels to Reno to face the Bighorns on Tuesday at 6 PT on ESPNU.

Reno is 3-1 this season against South Bay, which will have to see which players will be available, given that the L.A. Lakers play in Utah that same night.