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Ignite Falls Short To Blue, 118-109

--Shackelford’s 36-point Night Lifts the Blue to Victory–

Official Release /January 13, 2023

TEAM1234SCOREPOINTSREBOUNDSASSISTS
OKLAHOMA CITY BLUE40253122118JadenShackelford36NoahStarkey10AbdulGaddy13
G LEAGUE IGNITE34243219109JohnJenkins25EricMika9MarcusGraves5

HENDERSON, Nev., Jan. 12, 2023 – NBA G League Ignite (5-4) falls to the Oklahoma City Blue (3-5), 118-109, on Thursday night at The Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nev.

John Jenkins led the way for Ignite with a team-high 25 points and five rebounds on 9-of-18 shots from the field, including 6-of-13 from the three-point line. Leonard Miller and Marcus Graves posted 17 and 13 points, respectively. Graves added six rebounds and five assists.

Jaden Shackelford paced the Blue with a game-high 36 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 8-of-13 from behind the arc. Noah Starkey (21 points, 10 rebounds) recorded a double-double, while Adam Mokoka produced 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Blue took its largest lead, 17, in the opening quarter behind Jaden Shackelford, who scored 15 of his 36 points on 5-of-7 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from the three-point line in the opening frame. The Blue used its hot start to notch a 40-point first quarter which is a season-high mark in that span. The Blue continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the half to take a 7-point advantage at the halfway mark.

Coming out of halftime, Ignite scored seven consecutive points to even the score at 65-65 in the opening minutes of the quarter. The Blue would quickly respond as they stretched its lead to six points to end the quarter. The Blue held the advantage for the remainder of the game despite Ignite making things interesting down the stretch.

NEXT UP

Ignite will face off against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the first of two back-to-back games on Monday at The Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nev., tipping off at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. Coverage will be available on NBA TV.