South Bay storms back to beat Oklahoma City

By Noah Camarena | February 11, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (10 February 2019)– The South Bay Lakers closed the game on a 15-2 run as the beat the Oklahoma City Blue, 113-110 (box score), on Sunday afternoon. Scott Machado tallied 17 points and 11 assists for South Bay (14-22), while Justin Harper added 19 points off the bench. KJ McDaniels led the Blue (25-12) with 23 points off the bench.

Marcus Allen poured in 10 points in the first quarter, but the Lakers trailed by eight, 30-22, through one. Hamidou Diallo led the Blue with eight points in the opening frame. South Bay battled back in the second quarter to take a 59-56 lead at the half. Andre Ingram scored 13 points in the second period to push the Lakers ahead.

Oklahoma City retook the lead through three, 84-78, as Diallo scored eight points in the frame. Alex Caruso paced the Lakers with seven points in the frame. The Lakers trailed by 10 with four minutes to go but outscored the Blue by 13 in the closing minutes to win the game. Machado scored 10 points and Harper scored nine, including the go-ahead three, to give the Lakers the road victory.

McDaniels finished with a game-high 23 points and Diallo tallied 21 points and eight rebounds. Chris Wright (13 points), Bryce Alford (11 points) and Dez Wells (11 points) all scored in double figures for Oklahoma City.

Machado’s double-double and Harper’s clutch scoring paced the Lakers, while Allen scored a team-high 20 points. Caruso finished with 19 points, five rebounds and six assists as Isaac Bonga added nine points, seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Ingram also finished the game in double figures with 14 points.

South Bay will travel to Texas to face the Texas Legends on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:00pm PT from the Comerica Center.

The NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers, the first franchise in G League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), return for its 12th season of competition in 2018-19.  The Lakers franchise has established itself as a top producer of NBA-ready talent, totaling 30 NBA Call-Ups and developing 25 Lakers assignment players since the inaugural 2006-07 season. Last season, the Lakers returned to the playoffs for the third year in a row and saw a pair of players receive NBA Call-Ups to the Los Angeles Lakers, including Andre Ingram. The Lakers have claimed three division titles and have twice competed in the NBA G League Finals, most recently in 2015-16.