OKC Thunder affiliate the OKC Blue slip down the standings

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DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell #44 of the OKC Thunder affiliate OKC Blue (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)

Versus the Rio Grande Valley Vipers

The Blue took on last season’s G-League champions the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. After getting out to another hot start, the Blue led the Vipers by 13, 21-8. However, the Vipers are a quality side and they came back to trail by only two points at the end of the first, 21-19.

The second quarter belonged to the Blue, taking it 35-27 meaning that the home side led 56-46 at the half. The third quarter was an arm wrestle until the Blue ended it with a 10-2 run. This meant the Blue were up 85-67 at the end of the period.

In the fourth period, the Blue eased up a little and allowed the Vipers to win the last quarter but the home side ended up winning 116-104. As is typical with this team, there were many contributors on the night. Myke Henry was the best player in the game with 26 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.

Luguentz Dort was impressive with a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds. He also had three assists and two steals. He was inefficient from the floor going 4-of-12 on the night. DeVaughn Akoon Purcell had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists.

It was the coming out party of Sedrick Barefield who had a career night. He scored 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He was an impressive 5-of-7 from deep. Vincent Edwards had his first start in place of Kevin Hervey and struggles for six points on 3-of-10 shooting.

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