OKC Thunder: Season high assist tally not enough for OKC Blue

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Abdul Gaddy hit a league-high assist total and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell delivered season-high scoring but the OKC Thunder affiliate OKC Blue still lost.

The OKC Thunder affiliate the OKC Blue scored 140 points but it was not enough to take down the Texas Legend who won the game by four points. This was despite two monster games from team leaders Abdul Gaddy and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell.

In the week that Gaddy broke the OKC Blue all-time assist record, he then had a G-League season-high of 20 assists on a night where scoring was not a problem for anyone on the team except the Blue floor general.


Gaddy went 6-of-20 from the floor for the first time he struggled from the floor in living memory. Despite the 20 assists, Gaddy will not be happy with the shooting due to the Blue losing. He will respond like a true professional next game. Unfortunately, this is not for another eight days.

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Akoon Purcell has returned to form in a big way, having his second straight 30 plus point effort. This time he scored a game-high 38 points to go along with eight rebounds and two assists. He went 13-of-24 in a display of pure shooting.

Akoon-Purcell has struggled a little, but when inserted into the starting lineup due to injuries to other players. However, this is because opposing defenses have planned to stop him, not for any lack of talent. He is back putting up numbers which will have him in line for Sixth Man of the Year

January has had its ups and downs for the OKC Blue but there have been multiple shining lights. They have lost players through injury and by them being called up to the OKC Thunder.

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The Blue appears to have turned a corner and with this eight-day layoff, they have the chance to regroup and get the squad fully healthy. Be sure to check back daily for full coverage of the OKC Thunder and OKC Blue.